The Pre-Greek toponyms mountain name Αττάβυρος
Word Αττάβυρος
IPA attabyroς
Meaning mountain name
See also Pre-Greek toponyms: Ἀταβυρία ‘island name’


The highest mountain of Rhodos island.


[5.59.1] At a later time than the events we have described Althaemenes, the son of Catreus the king of Crete, while inquiring of the oracle regarding certain other matters, received the reply that it was fated that he should slay his father by his own hand.

[5.59.2] So wishing to avoid such an abominable act, he fled of his free will from Crete together with such as desired to sail away with him, these being a considerable company. Althaemenes, then, put ashore on Rhodes at Cameirus, and on Mount Atabyrus he founded a temple of Zeus who is called Zeus Atabyrius; and for this reason the temple is held in special honour even to this day, situated as it is upon a lofty peak from which one can descry Crete.

Apollodoros. 3.2

Now Catreus hid the oracles, but Althaemenes heard of them, and fearing to be his father's murderer, he set out from Crete with his sister Apemosyne, and put in at a place in Rhodes, and having taken possession of it he called it Cretinia. And having ascended the mountain called Atabyrium, he beheld the islands round about; and descrying Crete also and calling to mind the gods of his fathers he founded an altar of Atabyrian Zeus.

Other words that might be of interest
Αράκυνθος ‘place name, mountain name’, Βερέκυνθος ‘place name, mountain name’, Ερύμανθος ‘place name, river name, mountain name’, Φάλανθος ‘place name, mountain name’, Αρδηττός ‘place name, mountain name’, Διφρωσσός ‘place name, mountain name’, Λαρύσιον ‘mountain name’, Μάρπησσα ‘mountain name’, Παρνασσός ‘mountain name’, Ταφιασσός ‘mountain name’, Τερμησσός ‘place name, mountain name’, Τευμησσός ‘place name, mountain name’, Υμηττός ‘mountain name’, Ίτανος ‘place name, mountain name’, Πάρνων ‘mountain name’, Σαλμώνιον ‘mountain chain’, Λεπέτυμνος ‘mountain name’, Όρδυμνος ‘mountain name’, Ταΰγετος ‘mountain name’, Ταλετός ‘mountain name’, Τιτάριον ‘mountain name’, Λάστος ‘mountain name’, Αροάνια ‘mountain name’, Ταλαία ‘mountain name’, Ναρθάκιον ‘mountain name’, Λάκμων ‘mountain name’, Λύκαιον ‘mountain name’, Λυκώνη ‘mountain name’, Τύμφη ‘mountain name’, Τυμφρηστός ‘mountain name’, Λεπέτυμνος ‘mountain name, place name’