E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Beleses (3 syl.).
A Chaldean soothsayer and Assyrian satrap, who told Arbacs, governor of Media, that he would one day sit on the throne of Sardanapalus, King of Nineveh and Assyria. His prophecy was verified, and he was rewarded by Arbacs with the government of Babylon. (Byron: Sardanapalus.)