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