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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,
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uncle or cousin of Herodotus, flourished about 470 B.C . He was put to
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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
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world, and the lonica in elegiacs, giving an account of the founding and settlement of the Ionic colonies in
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Asia Minor . Although not much esteemed in his own time, which was unfavourable to epic
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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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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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