TYRRHENUS

ΤΥΡΡΗΝΟΣ

Or Tyrsenus (Tursênos).

1. A son of the Lydian king Atys and Callithea, and a brother of Lydus, is said to have led a Pelasgian colony from Lydia into Italy, into the country of the Umbrians, and to have given to the colonists his name, Tyrrhenians. (Herod. iv. 94; Dionys. Hal. i. 27.) Others call Tyrrhenus a son of Heracles by Omphale (Dionys. i. 28), or of Telephus and Hiera, and a brother of Tarchon. (Tzetz. ad Lyc. 1242, 1249.) The name Tarchon seems to be only another form for Tyrrhenus, and the two names represent a Pelasgian hero founding settlements in the north of Italy.

2. [See HEGELEOS.]