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Depiction of Panotti in the Nuremberg Chronicles.

The Panotti (also Phanesii, Panotii and Panotioi, from the Greek words πᾶν and οὖς for "all ears") were a mythical race of people, described as possessing large ears that covered their entire bodies.[1][2]

Pliny the Elder[edit]

In AD 77–79, the classical writer Pliny the Elder published his thirty-seven volumes of encyclopedic works known as the Natural History containing entries of both the real and the imaginative.

In the Natural History, Pliny writes about the strange race of people known as the Panotti who live in the "All-Ears Islands" off of Scythia. These people there have bizarrely large ears that are so huge that the Panotti use them as blankets to shield their body against the chills of the night.[1] Their ears were used in lieu of clothing.[2]

The map of the world drawn by Henricus Martellus in about 1491 describes the "Panotii" as living in southern Asia.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Panotioi". Theoi. The Theoi Project : Greek Mythology. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  2. ^ a b "The Natural History: Book IV, Chapter 27". Perseus Digital Library. Tufts University. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  3. ^ "Hidden secrets of Yale's 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging". YaleNews. 11 June 2015.

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