A young Libyan who, in order to attract the attention of the world, reared a multitude of birds and taught them to pronounce his name. Alternatively, he taught them to say "Psaphon is a god," because he desired to be honored as a god.

To what far region have his songs not flown,
Like Psaphon's birds, speaking their master's name.

Moore. Rhymes on the Road, iii.



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