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Manto

Mythic, worshipped in ancient Greece, dates vary, beginning circa 1600 B.C.E.

In Greek mythology, Manto was the daughter of the blind prophet Tiresias of Thebes, who also had a gift for prophecy. During the first Theban war, she was brought to Delphi as a trophy by the Greek victors and, once there, Apollo sent her to find an oracle (a prophetic person or site) devoted to him. She was married and gave birth to Mopsus, who also became a famous prophet. In Roman mythology, her son’s name is given as Ocnus, who founded the city of Mantua and named it after his mother.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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