A surname of Apollo, derived from his celebrated temple at Claros in Asia Minor, which had been founded by Manto, the daughter of Tiresias, who, after the conquest of her native city of Thebes, was made over to the Delphic god, and was then sent into the country, where subsequently Colophon was built by the Ionians.

Clarius also occurs as a surname of Zeus, describing him as the god who distributes things by lot (κλᾶρος or κλῆρος).1 A hill near Tegea was sacred to Zeus under this name.2



  1. Aeschylus. Suppliant Maidens, 360.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece viii, 53.4.


  • Pausanias. Description of Greece vii, 3.1; ix, 33.1.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Strabo. Geography xiv, p. 642.
  • Tacitus. Annals, ii, 54.
  • Virgil. Aeneid iii, 360; comp. Müller. Die Dorier ii, 2.7.

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