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Phanocles

Born: fl. 4th c. BC
Died: fl. 4th c. BC
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: Ancient Greece
Executive summary: Greek elegiac poet

Phanocles, Greek elegiac poet, probably flourished about the time of Alexander the Great. His extant fragments show resemblances in style and language to Philetas, 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 Cala´s, 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.



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