Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
(pan, ous, ôtos)
Panotian from the Nurenburg Chronicle 1493
A Panotian from the Nurenburg Chronicle, 1493

THE PANOTIOI (or Panotii) were a tribe giant-eared men who dwelt in the cold regions of the far north and who slept snuggled up inside the flaps of their gigantic ears. According to some, they also used these oversized appendages to fly.

Another tribe with gigantic ears were the Pandai or India.

Pliny the Elder, Natural History 4. 94 (trans. Rackham) (Roman encyclopedia C1st A.D.) :
"Crossing the Ripaean Mountains [probably the Carpathians in central Europe] must coast to the left along the shore of the northern ocean until we reach Gadis. In this direction a number of islands are reported to exist [perhaps in the Baltic Sea] . . . [and] the Hippopodes on which people are born with horses' feet, which gives them their Greek name; there are others called the Panotiorum (All-Ears Islands) in which the natives have very large ears covering the whole of their bodies, which are otherwise left naked."


  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History - Latin Encyclopedia C1st A.D.