IARBAS

A king and priest of the Gaetulians, in Northern Africa, and a son of Jupiter Ammon by a Libyan nymph. He built many magnificent temples to his father, and desired to marry Dido on her arrival in Africa. He was so pressing in demanding the hand of Dido, that the queen, who would not marry him, according to some traditions, saw no other way of escape except by selfdestruction. (Virg. Aen. iv. 196, &c.; Ov. Heroid. vii. 125; Auson. Epigr. 118; Justin, xviii. 6.)