Depiction of Sardus Pater in a Roman coin (59 a.C.)

Sardus (also Sid Addir or Σάρδος in Ancient Greek) or also Sardus Pater ("Sardinian Father") was the eponymous mythological hero of the Nuragic Sardinians. Sardus appears in the writings of various classical authors, like Sallust and Pausanias.

Ancient sourcesEdit

According to Sallust,[1] Sardus son of Hercules, left Libya along with a great multitude of men and occupied the island of Sardinia, which was so named after him. Later Pausanias confirms the story of Sallust and in the second century CE writes that Sardus was the son of Makeris (identifiable with Mecur / Macer, a Libyan name deriving from the Berber imɣur "to grow"), and that the island of Sardinia changed its name from Ichnusa to Sardinia in honor of Sardus.[2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sallust, Historiae, II, fr.4
  2. ^ Pausanias, Ελλάδοσ περιήγησισ, X, 17
  3. ^ Lipiński, Edward (1995). Dieux et déesses de l'univers phénicien et punique (in French). Peeters Publishers. p. 368. ISBN 9789068316902.