Priscus or Priscus Panites（*Pri/skos,), one of the earliest and most important Byzantine historians, was surnamed PANITES, because he was a native of Panium in Thrace. We know little of his life in general, but much of a short, though highly interesting and important period of it, viz. from A. D. 445-447, when he was ambassador of Theodosius the Younger at the court of Attila. The embassy consisted of several persons. In later years he and one Maximinus transacted diplomatic business for the emperor Marcian, in Egypt and Arabia. He died in or about A. D. 471. Niebuhr thinks he was a heathen.
Account of AttilaPriscus wrote an account of his embassy to Attila, enriched by digressions on the life and reign of that king, the Greek title of which is Ἱστορία Βιζαντικὴ καὶ κατὰ Ἀττήλαι. which was originally divided into eight books, according to Suidas. This is the most valuable account we have on Attila, and it is deeply to be regretted that only fragments of it have come down to posterity : it was written after the death of Theodosius, which took place in A. D. 450. Priscus is an excellent and trustworthy historian, and his style is remarkably elegant and pure.
Μελεταὶ Ῥητορικαί, Declamationes Rhetoricae and Epistolae, which are lost.