Nimrod, a son of Cush and grandson of Ham, the events of whose life are briefly recorded in the book of Genesis (x. 8-12). It is there said of him, " he began to be a mighty one in the earth;" and it is added, "he was a mighty hunter before the Lord." He founded an empire in Shinar or Babylonia, the chief towns being Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh. " Out of that land he went forth to Assyria," as the words are properly rendered, "and builded Nineveh," etc. (verse 2); and this is confirmed by Micah v. 6, where "the land of Nimrod" is a synonyme for "the land of Assyria." The Nimrod of the Scriptures cannot yet be identified with any personage known to us from inscriptions or from classical writers. The traditional notion of his character connects with it the ideas of violence and insolence. He is supposed to have been the Chesil of Semitic mythology, answering to the Orion of the Greeks, and in Hebrew astronomy to the constellation of that name (Job ix. 9, xxxviii. 31; Amos v. 8; and Isa. xiii. 10, "constellations," properly Orions); or less probably to the star Canopus in the constellation Argo Navis. He is a representative hero in Arab tradition, which ascribes many great works to him, especially the Birs Nimrud near Babylon, and the mound Nimrud near Nineveh.