CANOBUS

ΚΑΝΩΒΟΣ

Or Canopus (Kanôpos), according to Grecian story, the helmsman of Menelaus, who on his return from Troy died in Egypt, in consequence of the bite of a snake, and was buried by Menelaus on the site of the town of Canobus, which derived its name from him. (Strab. xvii. p. 801; Conon, Narrat. 8; Nicand. Ther. 309, &c.; Schol. ad Aelian. V. H. xv. 13; Steph. Byz. s. v.; Tac. Annual. ii. 60; Dionys. Perieg. 13; Amm. Marcell. xxii. 16; Serv. ad Virg. Georg. iv. 287.) According to some accounts, Canobus was worshipped in Egypt as a divine being, and was represented in the shape of a jar with small feet, a thin neck, a swollen body, and a round back. (Epiphan. Ancorat. § 108; Rufin. Hist. Eccles. ii. 26; Suid. s. v. Kanôpos.) The identification of an Egyptian divinity with the Greek hero Canobus is of course a mere fiction, and was looked upon in this light even by some of the ancients themselves. (Aristid. Orat. Aegypt. vol. ii. p. 359, &c. ed. Jebb.)