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Hedyle (Greek: Ἥδυλη, Hḗdylē; fl. 4th century BC) was an ancient Greek poet. She is known only through a mention in Athenaeus' Deipnosophistae.[1] According to Athenaeus, Hedyle was the daughter of an Attic poet, Moschine, who is otherwise unknown, and the mother of Hedylus, another poet.[1] Hedyle was probably Athenian, like her mother.[1]

The only surviving fragment of Hedyle's poetry consists of two and a half couplets from her elegiac poem Scylla, quoted by Athenaeus.[1] Duncan Lowe argues that Hedyle's version of the myth of Scylla was the inspiration for the story told in Ovid's Metamorphoses.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Plant, I. M. (2004). Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome: An Anthology. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 53–5.
  2. ^ Lowe, Duncan (2011). "Scylla, the Diver's Daughter: Aeschrion, Hedyle, and Ovid". Classical Philology. 106 (3): 261.