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EUPHRATES
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ευφρατης Euphratês Euphrates River Euphrates

EUPHRATES was a River-God of Assyria in west Asia (modern Turkey and Iraq).

The river Euphrates flowed south from the highlands of eastern Anatolia down through the heart of Assyria. Other important rivers of the east were the Tigris of Assyria, Orontes of Syria, as well as the Ganges and Hydaspes of India.

PARENTS
OKEANOS & TETHYS (Hyginus Pref)

Pseudo-Hyginus, Preface (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"From Oceanus and Tethys [were born] the Oceanides . . . Of the same descent Rivers: Strymon, Nile, Euphrates, Tanais, Indus, Cephisus, Ismenus, Axenus, Achelous, Simoeis, Inachus, Alpheus, Thermodon, Scamandrus, Tigris, Maeandrus, Orontes."

Nonnus, Dionysiaca 43. 400 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"[When Beroe, the goddess of Beruit, married Poseidon :] Persian Euphrates gave the girl the webspinner’s embroidered wares [i.e. silk]."


River-God Euphrates | Greco-Roman mosaic
Z36.2 RIVER GOD EUPHRATES
Naiad of the Euphrates | Greco-Roman mosaic
Z37.1 NAIAD OF EUPHRATES
Naiad of the Euphrates | Greco-Roman mosaic
Z37.4 NAIAD OF EUPHRATES
River-God Euphrates | Greco-Roman mosaic
Z36.1 RIVER GOD
EUPHRATES

Sources:

  • Hyginus, Fabulae - Latin Mythography C2nd A.D.
  • Nonnos, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.