previous next




The son of Libya, granddaughter of Io and Poseidon, and father of Aegyptus, Danaüs, Cepheus, and Phineus, to each of whom the patronymic Belīdes is applied. The daughters of Danaüs are known as Belĭdes.


A name given to several kings of the East, whose existence appears extremely doubtful. The most ancient is Belus, king of Assyria, father of Ninus, whose epoch it is impossible to determine.


A king of Lydia, father of Ninus (Herod.i. 7). The Belus of Assyria, or the remote East, is thought by some to be the same with the Great Bali of Hindu mythology, as well as the Baal who was the principal male deity of the Phœnician and Canaanitish nations. The Belus of Babylon and Assyria has no identity, however, with the Phœnician Baal, except that both bore the title of Bel-Ba'ab or “lord.” See Assyria; Babylonia.


A river in Syria where glass-making was invented (Plin. H. N. v. 19).

hide References (2 total)
  • Cross-references from this page (2):
    • Herodotus, Histories, 1.7
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.19
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: