ITALUS or ITALOS (from
Ancient Greek : Ἰταλός) was a legendary
king of the
Oenotrians , who were among the earliest inhabitants of
Writing centuries later, the Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus in his Rhomaike Archaiologia (Antiquitates romanae, "Roman Antiquities"), cites Antioch of Syracuse for the information that Italus was an Oenotrian by birth and relates the tradition that Italia was named after him, as well as another account that derives the name "Italia" from a word for calf, an etymology also stated by Timaeus , Varro , and Festus .
* ^ "Telegonus". Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica. 2014. * ^ Aristotle, Politics, 7.1329b, on Perseus * ^ Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, 6.2.4, on Perseus * ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities, 1.35, on LacusCurtius * ^ Rerum Rusticarum, 2.5
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