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[54] Panyasis1 is [p. 33] regarded as combining the qualities of the last two poets, being their inferior in point of style, but surpassing Hesiod in the choice of his subject and Antimachus in its arrangement. Apollonius2 is not admitted to the lists drawn up by the professors of literature, because the critics, Aristarchus and Aristophanes,3 included no contemporary poets. None the less, his work is by no means to be despised, being distinguished by the consistency with which he maintains his level as a representative of the intermediate type.

1 Uncle of Herodotus, author of a Heracleia.

2 Apollonius of Rhodes, author of the Argonautica. The list to which reference is made consisted of the four poets just mentioned, with the addition of Pisandros, for whom see § 56.

3 Aristophanes of Byzantium.

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