That is, the Lycian, a surname of Apollo, who was worshiped in several places of Lycia, and had a sanctuary and oracle at Patara in Lycia.1 It must, however, be observed, that Lycius is often used in the sense of Lyceius, and in allusion to his being the slayer of wolves.2



  1. Pindar. Pythian Odes i, 39; Sextus Propertius. Elegies iii, 1.38; Virgil. Aeneid iv, 143, 346, 377.
  2. Comp. Servius on Virgil's Aeneid iv, 377, who gives several other explanations of the name; Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 9.7, 19.3; Philostratus. Heroicus x, 4; Eustathius on Homer, p. 354.


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

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