), a Sicilian divinity who was worshipped in all the island, but especially at Adranus, a town near Mount Aetna. (Plut. Tim. 12
; Diod. 14.37
.) Hesychius (s. v. Παλικοί
) represents the god as the father of the Palici.
According to Aelian (Ael. NA 11.20
), about 1000 sacred dogs were kept near his temple. Some modern critics consider this divinity to be of eastern origin, and connect the name Adranus with the Persian Adar (fire), and regard him as the same as the Phoenician Adraimelech, and as a personification of the stun or of fire in general. (Bochart, Geograph. Sacra,