MANTO

ΜΑΝΤΩ

1. A daughter of the Theban soothsayer Teiresias. She herself was a prophetess, first of the Ismenian Apollo at Thebes, where monuments of her existed (Paus. ix. 10. § 3), and subsequently of the Delphian and Clarian Apollo. After the taking of Thebes by the Epigoni, she, with other captives, was dedicated to Apollo at Delphi. The god sent the captives to Asia, where they founded the sanctuary of Apollo not far from the place where afterwards the town of,Colophon was built. Rhacius, a Cretan, who had settled there before, married Manto, and be came by her the father of Mopsus. (Apollod. iii. 7.§ 4; Paus. vii. 3. § 1, ix. 33. § 1; Strab. ix. p. 443; Schol. ad Apollon. i. 908.) According to Euripides, she had previously become the mother of Amphilochus and Tisiphone, by Alcmaeon, the leader of the Epigoni. (Apollod. iii. 7. § 7.) Being a prophetess of Apollo, she is also called Daphne, i. e. the laurel virgin. (Diod. iv. 66; comp. Athen. vii. p. 298.) [See also SIBYLLA.]

2. A daughter of the soothsayer Polyeidus, and sister of Astycrateia. The tombs of these two sisters were shown at Megara, near the entrance of the sanctuary of Dionysus. (Paus. i. 43. § 5.)

3. A daughter of Heracles, is likewise described as a prophetess, and as the personage from whom the town of Mantua received its name. (Serv. ad Aen. x. 198.)