That is, "the lizard," a son of Apollo and Themisto, the daughter of the Hyperborean king Zabius. In pursuance of an oracle of the Dodonean Zeus, Galeus emigrated to Sicily, where he built a sanctuary to his father Apollo. The Galeotae, a family of Sicilian soothsayers, derived their origin from him.
The principal seat of the Galeatae was the town of Hybla, which was hence called γαλεῶτις (galeōtis), or, as Thucydides1 writes it, γελεᾶτις (geleatis).
- Aelian. Varia Historia xii, 46.
- Cicero. De Divinatione i, 20.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
- Stephanus of Byzantium, s.v. γαλεῶται.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.