Philinna (Greek: Φίλιννα) or Philine (Greek: Φιλίνη) was the name of many Greek females, as, for instance, of the female dancer Philinna of Larissa in Thessaly, who was the mother of Philip III Arrhidaeus by Philip II. It was also the name of the mother of the poet Theocritus (Ep. 3). The name occurs in Aristophanes' drama The Clouds. In the eighteenth century Goethe used it for a character in his novel Wilhelm Meister.
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
- Athenaeus. xiii. p. 557, e ; Photius. Bibl. p. 64. 23.