Dido ( /ˈdaɪdoʊ/ DY-doh) was, according to ancient Greek and Roman sources, the founder and first Queen of Carthage (in modern-day Tunisia). She is
best known from the account given by the Roman poet Virgil in his Aeneid. In some sources she is also known as Elissa (/iːˈlɪsə/ ee-LISS-ə).
A million times prettier than Dido in my opinion, and very rare.
In fact, the only time I've heard it used was in "The Phantom of the Opera", when it's the name of the lead female role of the
opera-within-the-musical "Hannibal". It's Elissa (played by Christine, "Follower of Christ") who sings "Think of Me" at the begining of the show.
-- Lady Seashell 3/26/2008
Meaning: God's girl.
-- Anonymous User 12/28/2008
Elissa Landi (born Elisabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt) was an Italian-born actress who appeared in Hollywood films in the 1920s and '30s (e.g., The
Sign of the Cross, After the Thin Man).
-- Kosta 8/2/2010
Elissa is one of the narrators in Boccaccio's Decameron.
-- cateyedsnake 8/25/2007
Hannibal: Means "grace of Ba'al" from Phoenician hann "grace" combined with the name of the god BA'AL. Hannibal was the Carthaginian general who
threatened Rome during the Second Punic War in the 3rd century BC.
Wikipedia: Queen Dido (Elissa)
Historians gave various dates, both for the foundation of Carthage and the foundation of Rome. Appian in the beginning of his Punic Wars claims that
Carthage was founded by a certain Zorus and Carchedon, but Zorus looks like an alternative transliteration of the city name Tyre.
Elissa married Acerbas... Rumor told that Acerbas had much wealth secretly buried and King Pygmalion had Acerbas murdered in hopes of gaining this
wealth. Elissa, desiring to escape Tyre...Eventually Elissa and her followers arrived on the coast of North Africa...That would become their new
Michael Grant in Roman Myths (1973) claims:
"That is to say, Dido-Elissa was originally a goddess."
It has been conjectured that she was first converted from a goddess into a human queen in some Greek work of the later fifth century BC.
Evidence for the historicity of Dido (which is a question independent of whether or not she ever met Aeneas) can be associated with evidence for the
historicity of others in her family, such as her brother Pygmalion and their grandfather Balazeros. Both of these kings are mentioned, as well as
Dido, in the list of Tyrian kings given in Menander of Ephesus's list of the kings of Tyre, as preserved in Josephus's Against Apion, i.18. Josephus
ends his quotation of Menander with the sentence “Now, in the seventh year of his [Pygmalion’s] reign, his sister fled away from him and built the
city of Carthage in Libya.”
The Nora Stone, found on Sardinia, has been interpreted by Frank Moore Cross as naming Pygmalion as the king of the general who was using the stone to
record his victory over the local populace. On paleographic grounds, the stone is dated to the ninth century BC. (Cross’s translation, with a
longer discussion of the Nora stone, is found in the Pygmalion article.) If Cross’s interpretation is correct, this presents inscriptional evidence
substantiating the existence of a 9th-century-BC king of Tyre named (in Greek) Pygmalion.
Several scholars have identified Baa‘li-maanzer, the king of Tyre who gave tribute to Shalmaneser III in 841 BC, with 𐤓𐤅𐤑𐤏𐤋𐤏𐤁
Ba‘al-‘azor (Phoenician form of the name) or Baal-Eser/Balazeros (Greek form of the name), Dido’s grandfather. This lends
credibility to the account in Josephus/Menander that names the kings of Tyre from Abibaal and Hiram I down to the time of Pygmalion and Dido.
Another possible reference to Balazeros is found in the Aeneid. It was a common ancient practice of using the hypocoristicon or shortened form of the
name that included only the divine element, so that the “Belus” that Virgil names as the father of Dido in the Aeneid may be a reference to her
grandfather, Baal-Eser II/Balazeros.
Menander, repeated by Josephus as corroborated from Tyrian court records (Against Apion i.17,18), that Dido’s flight (or the founding of Carthage)
occurred 143 years and eight months after Hiram of Tyre sent assistance to Solomon for the building of the Temple.
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