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The Phoronis is a lost work by the fifth-century Greek historian Hellanicus of Lesbos.[1] It takes its title from the local Tirynthian culture hero Phoroneus.[2] It was an account of Argolic tradition, consisting mostly of genealogies, with short accounts of various events included, from the time of Phoroneus, the "father of mortal men", to the "Return of the Heracleidae".[3]


  1. ^ Fowler 2013, p. 684; Fowler 2001, pp. 155–158; Mure, pp. 224–227.
  2. ^ Mure, p. 224.
  3. ^ Britannica 1905, s.v. Hellanicus p. 566. Phoroneus, was said to be the "father of mortal men" in the epic poem also called Phoronis (c. 7th – 6th century BC), by an unknown author, which told the story of Phoroneus, see Fowler 2013, p. 236; Phoronis fr. 1 West, pp. 282, 283.


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  • Fowler, R. L. (2001), Early Greek Mythography: Volume 1: Text and Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0198147404.
  • Fowler, R. L. (2013), Early Greek Mythography: Volume 2: Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0198147411.
  • Müller, Müller, Fragmenta historicorum Graecorum, Volume I and Volume IV (1841).
  • Mure, William, A Critical History of the Language and Literature of Ancient Greece, Volume 4, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1853.
  • West, M. L. (2003), Greek Epic Fragments: From the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries BC. Edited and translated by Martin L. West. Loeb Classical Library No. 497. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2003. ISBN 978-0-674-99605-2. Online version at Harvard University Press.