Bible Names A-G
Arioch in Wikipedia
is a Hebrew name that means "fierce lion". It originally
appears in the Book of Genesis chapter 14 as the name of the
"King of Ellasar", part of the confederation of kings who
did battle with the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah and with
Abraham in the Battle of the Vale of Siddim. Earlier in the
20th century, it was common to identify him with "Eriaku" -
an alternative reading of either Rim-Sin or his brother
Warad-Sin, who were Elamite rulers over Larsa contemporary
with Hammurabi, although this identification has come under
attack from scholars in more recent years, and is now
largely abandoned, in part due to Nuzu inscriptions
referring to a Hurrian king named Ariukki.
Alternatively Ellasar could have been the site referred to
as Alashiya, now thought to be near Alassa in Cyprus, where
there was a Late Bronze Age palace, destroyed by the Peoples
of the Sea.
The same name later appears in the Book of Daniel as the
person appointed by King Nebuchadnezzar to put all the wise
men of Babylon to death.
Arioch (Arius) was also a grandson of Semiramis in the
classical Ninus legend.