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In Greek mythology, Tilphussa (Greek: Τιλφοῦ(σ)σα) is a spring in Boeotia. Tiresias died after he drank water from this spring. Strabo locates the deadly spring below the slopes of Mount Telphosion, near Haliartos and Alalkomenai; he mentions the sanctuary of Tiresias and the temple of Telphousian Apollo, unique to this site.[1] Pausanias noted that a temple consecrated to the Praxidikai was in the vicinity of Tiresias's tomb. The manuscript tradition of Plutarch's Life of Lysander offers a unique report of a spring Kiffousa at Haliartos, in which the infant Bacchus was washed; this must be a scribal error for Tilfousa.[2]


  1. ^ Strabo 'Geography' 9. 2. 27 and 36
  2. ^ Edward Dodwell, A classical and topographical tour through Greece: during the years 1801, 1805 and 1806 (London, 1819) Volume 1, p. 246 attributed the error to Plutarch himself.