A surname of Zeus derived from Mount Atabyris or Atabyrion in the island of Rhodes, where the Cretan Althaemenes was said to have built a temple to him.1 Upon this mountain there were, it is said, brazen bulls which roared when anything extraordinary was going to happen.2



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 2.1; Appian. The Mithridatic Wars, 26.
  2. Scholiast on Pindar's Olympian Odes vii, 159.


  • 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.