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date: 01 October 2023



  • Martin Litchfield West


(1) A gnomic hexameter poem (see gnōmē) composed in Miletus in the first half of the 6th cent. bce had successive maxims introduced by the formula ‘This too from Phocylides’; he may have been the poet, as later assumed, or a fictitious sage. Evidence for elegiacs by Phocylides is unreliable. (2) A late moralizing poem in 230 hexameters, probably composed by an *Alexandrian Jew around the turn of our era, also claims Phocylides as its author. It is generally cited as ‘Pseudo-Phocylides’. See jewish-greek literature.


  • Greek Literature

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