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In Greek mythology, Carius or Karios (Κάριος) was the son of Zeus and Torrhebia. His mother's name is connected to Torrhebos, name of a city in Lydia. According to Hellanicus, there was a mountain named Karios (Carius) near this city, with the sanctuary of Carius situated on it. Nicolaus Damascenus related of him the following tale. As Carius was wandering by a lake which later received the name Torrhebis, he heard the voices of nymphs singing; these nymphs, Nicolaus remarked, were also called the Muses by the Lydians. Carius learned the music from them, and taught it to the Lydians. This kind of music was known as "Torrhebian songs".[1]

Carius ("of Caria") was also a surname of Zeus himself, under which he was venerated in Mylasa.[2]

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  1. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium s. v. Torrhēbos, citing Hellanicus and Nicolaus
  2. ^ Herodotus, Histories, 1. 171; Stephanus of Byzantium s. v. Karia