Busiris

A king of Egypt, who used to immolate to the gods all strangers who set foot on his shores. Hercules was seized by him; and would have fallen a victim, but he broke his chain, and slew the inhospitable king.

Busiris,
according to Milton, is the Pharaoh who was drowned in the Red Sea.

Vex'd the Red-Sea coast, whose waves o'er-threw
Busiris and his Memphian chivalry.

Paradise Lost, book i. 306, 307.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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