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a Greek historical writer, a native of Lesbos. When he lived is not known.


Dionysius of Halicarnassus (1.23) has borrowed from him almost verbatim a part of his account of the Pelasgians. He refers to him again in 1.28. Myrsilus was the author of the notion that the Tyrrhenians, in consequence of their wandering about after they left their original settlements, got the name of Πελαργοί, or storks. Athenaeus (xiii p. 610a.) quotes from a work by Myrsilus, entitled Ἱστορικὰ παράδοξα. He is also quoted by Strabo (i. p.60, xiii. p. 610), and by Pliny (Plin. Nat. 3.7, 4.12). By Arnobius (3.37, 4.24), he is called Myrtilus.

Further Information

Voss. de Hist. Graec. p. 473, ed. Westermann.


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