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date: 26 June 2022

Kasios, Zeusfree

Kasios, Zeusfree

  • J. F. Healey


  • Near East

Zeus Kasios (Κάσιος‎), an oriental god connected with Mt. Casius (Greek Kasion, mod. Jabal al-Aqra®) near Antioch (1) and from Seleucid times associated with it. In texts from Ugarit this mountain, called ṣapānu, is the abode of Ba®al, a weather-god like Zeus. Casius/Hgazzi plays a part in the Hurrian-Hittite Ullikummi myth and figures in Zeus' conflict with the dragon Typhon (Apollod. Bibl. 1. 6. 3). Zeus Kasios is also associated with a sanctuary near Pelusium.


  • Real-Encyclopädie d. klassischen Altertumswissenschaft 10. 2265 ff..
  • R. Lane Fox, Travelling Heroes (2008), ch. 15.
  • J. F. Healey, Wyatt Festschrift (forthcoming), 141–52.