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|Name:||Dardanus||Determine relationship to...|
|Birth:||C. 1435 B.C.||Father:||Cambo Blascon Mother:|
|Erichthonius King of Dardania||C. 1395 B.C.||1368 B.C.|
|Remarks:|| The ancestry of Dardanus is much disputed among the ancient authors. Many identify him with Darda, son of Zerah, son of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:6), son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham. Others, including Josephus, identify him with Dodanim, son of Javan.
Here is another line that I have seen many times. O'Hart, in Irish Pedigrees (1850), gives it as the Lineal Descent of Philip V, King of Spain:
Which would make him the same generation as Abraham. O'Hart gives his source as "O'Clery's Irish Genealogies (Analecta Hibernica)"
Classical writers Virgil and Homer both have him as a son of Jupiter and Electra. Jupiter can be identified with Japheth (Cooper, 199 gives several references for this identification), and I believe Electra can be identified with Elishah. That is why I follow the Nennius XVIII lineage.
Other possibilites: Bartrum has Dardanus, son of Jupiter, son of Saturn, son of Celius, son of Cretus, son of Ciprius, son of Kittim, son of Javan, son of Japheth, son of Noah.
Genealogical Tracts has Dardanus, Jupiter, Saturn, son of Pallor, son of Picus, son of Peleus, son of Tros, son of Ros, son Mizraim, son of Ham, son of Noah.
Homer gives the following narrative, spoken by Aeneas, regarding Dardanus (Iliad, xx)
"Learn, then, my lineage if you will--and it is known to
In the beginning Dardanus was the son of Zeus, Lord of the Clouds (Nephelegereta). He founded Dardania, for Ilius was not yet stablished on the plain for men to dwell in, and her people still abode on the spurs of many-fountained Ida. Dardanus had a son, king Erichthonius, who was wealthiest of all men living; he had three thousand mares that fed by the water-meadows, they and their foals with them. Boreas was enamoured of them as they were feeding, and covered them in the semblance of a dark-maned stallion. Twelve filly foals did they conceive and bear him, and these, as they sped over the rich plain, would go bounding on over the ripe ears of corn and not break them; or again when they would disport themselves on the broad back of Ocean they could gallop on the crest of a breaker. Erichthonius begat Tros, king of the Trojans, and Tros had three noble sons, Ilus, Assaracus, and Ganymede who was comeliest of mortal men; wherefore the gods carried him off to be Jove's cupbearer, for his beauty's sake, that he might dwell among the immortals. Ilus begat Laomedon, and Laomedon begat Tithonus, Priam, Lampus, Clytius, and Hiketaon of the stock of Mars. But Assaracus was father to Capys, and Capys to Anchises, who was my father, while Hector is son to Priam.
Such do I declare my blood and lineage."
Appian declares in the Illyrian Wars:
"They say that the country [of Illyria] received its name from Illyrius, the son of Polyphemus; for the Cyclops Polyphemus and his wife, Galatea, had three sons, Celtus, Illyrius, and Galas, all of whom migrated from Sicily, and ruled over the people called after them Celts, Illyrians and Galatians. Among the many myths prevailing among many peoples this seems to me the most plausible.
Illyrius had six sons, Encheleus, Autarieus, Dardanus, Maedus, Taulas, and Perrhaebus, also daughters, Partho, Daortho, Dassaro, and others, from whom spring the Taulantii, the Perrhaebi, and Enchelees, the Autarienses, the Dardani, the Partheni, Dassaretii, and the Darsii.
Aurtarieus, had a son Pannonius or Paeon, and the latter had sons, Scordiscus and Triballus, from whom also nations bearing similar names were derived. But I will leave these matters to the archaeologists."