Anthelioi (Ancient Greek: Ἀνθήλιοι δαίμονες) or Antelii or Anthelii were certain divinities whose images stood before the doors of houses,[1] and were exposed to the sun, from which they derived their name,[2][3] which is literally "gods that face the sun".[4] The sun conceptually was to animate the statues with its pneuma.[4]

These deities were similar in character to a number of other gateway-gods, including Cardea, and Apollo under the epithet Apollo Thyraeus, protector of doorways.[1]


  1. ^ a b Tertullian (28 September 2020). The Selected Works of Tertullian. Library of Alexandria. 1. Library of Alexandria. ISBN 9781465588432. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  2. ^ Aeschylus, Agamemnon 530
  3. ^ Christian Lobeck, On the Ajax of Sophocles 805
  4. ^ a b Cheak, Aaron, ed. (2013). Alchemical Traditions: From Antiquity to the Avant-Garde. Numen Books. p. 148. ISBN 9780987559821. Retrieved 2016-01-08.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSchmitz, Leonhard (1870). "Antheas Lindius". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 184.