Amyris of Sybaris

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Amyris (Ancient Greek: Ἄμυρις) of Sybaris in Italy, surnamed "the Wise", whose son was one of the suitors of Agariste of Sicyon, at the beginning of the sixth century BCE. Amyris was sent by his fellow-citizens to consult the Delphic oracle. His reputation for wisdom gave rise to the proverb Ἄμυρις μαίνεται, "the wise man is mad".[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ Herodotus vi. 126
  2. ^ Athen. xii. p. 520, a.
  3. ^ Suda Ἄμυρις
  4. ^ Eustath. ad II. ii. p. 298
  5. ^ Zenobius, Corpus paroemiographorum graecorum iv. 27

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Amyris". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 156.