A son of Poseidon by Libya or Eurynome. He was a twin-brother of Agenor, and father of Aegyptus and Danaus. He was believed to be the ancestral hero and national divinity of several eastern nations, from whence the legends about him were transplanted to Greece and became mixed up with Greek myths.

Belus' descendants include Perseus and Heracles.

Belus is also the Latin name for Baal, qv.



  • Diodorus Siculus, i, 28.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 1.4.
  • Servius on Virgil's Aeneid i, 733.
  • 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.