A Sicilian divinity who was worshiped in all the island, but especially at Adranus, a town near Mount Etna.1 Hesychius2 represents the god as the father of the Palici. According to Aelian,3 about one thousand sacred dogs were kept near his temple.

Some critics consider this divinity to be of eastern origin, and connect the name Adranus with the Persian Adar (fire), and regard him as the same as the Phoenician Adrammelech, and as a personification of the sun or of fire in general.4



  1. Plutarch. Timoleon. 12.
  2. s.v. Παλικοί.
  3. De Natura Animalium xi, 20.
  4. Bochart. Geographia Sacra, p. 530.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.