Origin of the name DARDANUS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name DARDANUS.
form of Greek Dardanos
(q.v.), meaning "a Trojan."
(A Copious and Critical English-Latin Lexicon, Riddle-Kerchever,
1856). It is of Phoenician or Karian origin, strongly connected with
Darius and Dorus.
Dardanus, a son of Jupiter and
Electra, who killed his brother Jasius to obtain the kingdom of Etruria
after the death of his reputed father Corytus, and fled to Samothrace,
and thence to Asia Minor, where he married Batia the daughter of Teucer
king of Teucria. Dardanus taught his subjects to worship Minerva;
and he gave them two statues of the goddess, one of which is well known
by the name of Palladium. (Bibliotheca Classica, Anthon-Lemprière,
... Phoenicians and Karians are
in the oldest history of the peoples of the archipelago indissolubly
connected together. Homer, Iliad, v. 9, has a Trojan named Dar-es.
The name Dardanus shows that the Assyrian and Syrian
Herakles (Melicertes, Melcarth), was very anciently known at Smyrna and
Ephesus, as well as to the Trojans and Jews, by his name Adar, which is
a name of the Phoenician Herakles-Moloch, that of a Jewish month, is
retained in two plaes as the name of Dor in Palestine and is identical
with the names Adar (1 Chron. viii. 3, 15), Adar-melech, Adar's tower
(Gen. xxxv. 21), Darius, Dorus and the Dorians. The Phrygian
Herakles is the Phoenician. He took the city Ilion. (The
Ghebers of Hebron, Dunlap, 1894).