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 through the heart of Assyria. Other important rivers of the east were the Tigris of Assyria, Orontes of Syria, and the Ganges and Hydaspes of India.
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
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, goddess of Beruit, wed Poseidon :] Persian Euphrates gave the girl the webspinner's embroidered wares [i.e. silk]."
ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN ART
- Nonnus, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.
- Hyginus, Fabulae - Latin Mythography C2nd A.D.