Megistias (Greek: Μεγιστίας, "the greatest one") or Themisteas (Greek: Θεμιστέας) was a soothsayer from Acarnania who died in the Battle of Thermopylae. He traced his lineage to Melampus. Despite knowing that death was certain, Megistias stayed and fought. An inscription was written by Simonides of Ceos, a personal friend of Megistias, to honor him.
In popular culture
In the 1962 movie The 300 Spartans, Megistias appears as a Spartan priest and soothsayer and friend of King Leonidas who, in addition to giving predictions, also acts as a physician for the Spartans at Thermopylae. Megistias was portrayed by Charles Fernley Fawcett.
- Smith, William, ed. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. p. 1009. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- Herodotus, John M. (2003). Marincola, John M., ed. The Histories. London: Penguin Books. p. 493. ISBN 0-14-044908-6.
- Bradford, Ernie (March 2004). Thermopylae: The Battle for the West. New York: Da Capo Press. p. 149. ISBN 0-306-81360-2.
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