Manes of Lydia

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Manes is a legendary figure of the 2nd millennium BC who is attested by Herodotus in Book One of Histories to have been an early king of Lydia, then probably known as Maeonia. He was the father of Atys and the grandfather of Lydus, after whom the Lydian people were later named.[1] Later, in Book Four, Herodotus states that Manes had another son called Cotys and, through him, a grandson called Asies, after whom the Lydians claimed that the continent of Asia is named. This genealogy is preserved by Dionysius of Halicarnassus, who named Callirhoe, daughter of Oceanus, as the mother of Cotys by Manes.[2]

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  1. ^ Herodotus & de Sélincourt 1954, p. 80
  2. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities Book 1.27.1. Translated by Earnest Cary (1879–19??) and Edward Spelman (d.1767), from the Loeb Classical Library edition of 1937.


  • Herodotus (1975) [first published 1954]. Burn, A. R.; de Sélincourt, Aubrey (eds.). The Histories. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-051260-8.