VYZANTION (Ancient city) TURKEY
Ceroessa (Keroessa), a daughter of Zeus by Io, and born on the spot where Byzantium was afterwards built. She was brought up by a nymph of the place, and afterwards became the mother of Byzas. (Steph. Byz. s. v. Buzantion.) From this story it must be inferred, that Argos had some share in founding the colony of Byzantium, which is otherwise called a colony of Megara.
Byzas (Buzas), a son of Poseidon and Ceroessa, the daughter of Zeus and Io. He
was believed to be the founder of Byzantium. (Steph. Byz. s. v.; Diod. iv. 49.)
This transplantation of the legend of Io to Byzantium suggests the idea, that
colonists from Argos settled there. The leader of the Megarians, who founded Byzantium
in n. c. 658, was likewise called Byzas. (Muller, Dor. i. 6.9)
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