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PANYASIS (more correctly, PANYASSIS)

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 686 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PANYASIS (more correctly, PANYASSIS), of Halicarnassus, Greek epic poet, uncle or cousin of Herodotus, flourished about 470 B.C. He was put to death by the tyrant Lygdamis (c. 454). His chief poems were the Heracleias in 14 books, describing the adventures of Heracles in various parts of the world, and the lonica in elegiacs, giving an account of the founding and settlement of the Ionic colonies in Asia Minor. Although not much esteemed in his own time, which was unfavourable to epic poetry, he was highly thought of by later critics, some of whom assigned him the next place to Homer (see Quixltilian, Inst. oral. X. I. 54). The few extant fragments show beauty and fullness of expression, and harmonious rhythm. Fragments in G. Kinkel, Epic. poet. fragmenta (1877), ed. separately by J. P. Tzschirner (1842); F. P. Funcke, De Panyasidis vita (1837) ; R. Krausse, De Panyasside (1891).
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CESARE PAOLI (1840-1902)

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a question- do we know the ancestry of panyassis and hence of herodotus ? one source claimed herodotus as half asiatic - could he have had persian or other analtolian blood ?? or phoenecian ? who has written the scholarly and definititive study of herodotus and panyassis and their family trees ??? thomas daffern
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