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Manto

by Micha F. Lindemans
The daughter of Tiresias of Thebes. After Thebes was taken by the Epigonoi, Manto was brought back to Apollo at Delphi as war prize. Apollo ordered the girl to found a oracle of him in Colophon (Asia Minor). There, she became the mother of the seer Mopsus. According to another tradition, she ended up in Italy where she became by Tiberinus the mother of Ocnus, the founder of Mantua (Mantova) (Virgil X, 199). Other sources mention that the city was named after a different Manto, who was regarded as the daughter of Heracles. Mantua is also connected to Mantus, god of the underworld.

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