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Πανύασις, the quantity of the penult is doubtful) and Panyassis. A Greek poet of Halicarnassus, uncle of Herodotus, the historian. He was put to death by the tyrant Lygdamis about B.C. 454 for being the leader of the aristocratic party. He composed a poem in fourteen books and 9000 verses, entitled Heraclea (exploits of Heracles), which was reckoned by later writers among the best epics. The few fragments preserved are in an elegant and graceful style. Another poem of his, the Ionica (Ἰωνικά), contained 7000 lines, and relates the history of Neleus, Codrus, and the Ionian colonies. Panyasis was ranked by the Alexandrian School (q.v.) with the great epic poets. The fragments of Panyasis are edited by Gaisford (1823) and Dübner (1840). There was another person of the same name, possibly the grandson of the poet, who wrote a work in two books on dreams ( Suid. s. v.).

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