Melampus

Greek - The first mortal prophet. Son of Amythaon and Idomene or Melanippe. Husband of Lysippe. Brother of Bias. Father of Abas. He is said to have kept snakes as pets and they taught him the language of animals when they licked his ears. His brother, Bias, was required to produce the cattle of Phylacus as the bride-price for Pero, daughter of Neleus. Melampus attempted to steal the cattle for his brother but was caught and imprisoned. While in prison, he heard the woodworm say that the roof was about to collapse and he was moved out just in time to save his life. Phylacus, impressed by this feat, asked him to cure his son, Iphiclus, of his impotence and promised to give him the cattle if he succeeded. He discovered from an old vulture that, as a boy, Iphiclus had been frightened by the bloody knife that his father wielded when he was castrating his rams. He cured Iphiclus with a potion made from wine infused with rust from this old knife and was given the cattle which he then gave to Bias. He restored to sanity the daughters of Proetus when they were driven mad by Hera for some alleged slight and ran wildly about the fields thinking they were cows. He and Bias shared the kingdom with Proetus as reward. In some lore, occasionally identified as Melampus, Melampos, Melampos, Melampus, Melampus or Melampus.
Greek - One of the Argonauts. Son of Poseidon. Occasionally identified as Melampus, Melampos, Melampos, Melampus, Melampus or Melampus.
Greek - One of the dogs of Actaeon. When Artemis discovered Actaeon, the hunter, watching her as she bathed, she turned him into a stag. His hounds, including Melampus, tore him to pieces. At times, identified as Melampus, Melampos, Melampos, Melampus, Melampus or Melampus.

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