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(Placename) an area on the S coast of ancient Asia Minor
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(pæmˈfɪl i ə)

an ancient region in S Asia Minor: later a Roman province.
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References in classic literature ?
Well, I said, I will tell you a tale; not one of the tales which Odysseus tells to the hero Alcinous, yet this too is a tale of a hero, Er the son of Armenius, a Pamphylian by birth.
Now that Socrates has shown them images of the good, he asks that they allow him to consider the "prizes that justice gains and bestows on its possessors from seeming, since it has been made clear that justice bestows good things that come from being." (82) He presents these benefits in the form of a myth or "saving tale." The story concerns Er the Pamphylian, who can relate the journey of the dead because he came back to life.
Perhaps part of the explanation lies in the `mixed' nature of their community, partly Cilician and partly Pamphylian, and their relative insignificance among the cities of Southern Anatolia.
He is comparing the colonization of the Cilician city of Seleucia with `the Cilician and Pamphylian manner' ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), and goes on to tell the stories of two philosophers who had lived there.