Amphilochus (double ambush) – In Greek mythology, son of the Argive seer Amphiaraus and Eriphyle; Alcmaeon’s brother. Amphilochus also was a seer and according to some accounts took part in the war of the Epigoni, or Seven, against Thebes, and the murder of his mother.

Amphilochus was believed to have founded the Amphilochian Argos near Neckhori in Acarnania. Later myths say he took part in the Trojan War. After the fall of Troy he went with Mopsus and founded the oracle at Mallus. However, the two fought and killed one another for the possession of the shrine. After the funeral pyre had consumed their bodies, their spirits, or ghosts, became close friends.

As a result, an oracle was established in their honor. The supplicants would write their questions on wax tablets, and the spirits would answer them in a dream.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow-Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante