TUAROCEPHALUS

ΤΑΥΡΟΚΕΦΑΛΟΣ

Also Taurokranos and Taurometôpos, a surname of Dionysus in the Orphic mysteries. (Orph. Hymn. 51. 2 ; comp. TAURUS.) It also occurs as a surname of rivers and the ocean, who were symbolically represented as bulls, to indicate their fertilising effect upon countries. (Eurip. Iphig. Aul. 275, Orest. 1378 ; Aelian, V. H. ii. 33; Horat. Carm. iv. 14, 25.)