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Phanocles (Ancient Greek: Φανοκλῆς) was Greek elegiac poet who probably flourished about the time of Alexander the Great.

His extant fragments show resemblances in style and language to Philitas of Cos, Callimachus and Hermesianax. He was the author of a poem on pederasty.

A lengthy fragment in Stobaeus (Florilegium, 64) describes the love of Orpheus for the youthful Calaîs, son of Boreas, and his subsequent death at the hands of the Thracian women. It is one of the best extant specimens of Greek elegiac poetry.


  • Nicolaus Bachius (Bach) (1829). Philetae Coi, Hermesianactis Colophonii, atque Phanoclis Reliquiae (in Latin). Halle: Libraria Gebaueria.
  • Ludwig Preller (1864). Ausgewählte Aufsätze aus dem Gebiete der classischen Alterthumswissenschaft (in German). Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung.
  • Katherina Alexander, A stylistic commentary on Phanocles and related texts. (Amsterdam, 1988)
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Phanocles". Encyclopædia Britannica. 21 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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