Pherecydes of Athens


Pherecydes of Athens (fl. c. 465 BC),[1] described as an historian and genealogist, wrote an ancient work in ten books, now lost, variously titled "Historiai" (Ἱστορίαι) or "Genealogicai" (Γενελογίαι).[2] He is one of the authors (= FGrHist 3) whose fragments were collected in Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.

He is generally thought to be different from the sixth-century Pre-Socratic philosopher Pherecydes of Syros, who was sometimes mentioned as one of the Seven Sages of Greece and was reputed to have been the teacher of Pythagoras.[3] Although the Suda considers them separately, he is possibly the same person as Pherecydes of Leros.[4]


  1. ^ Fowler 2013, p. 708; Gantz, p. xv; Huxley 1973.
  2. ^ Huxley, p. 137; Jacoby, p. 15; Suda Φ 216. For a description of his work see Fowler 2013, pp. 706–710, for his collected fragments see Fowler 2000, pp. 272–364.
  3. ^ Hawes, p. 250; Purves, p. 100 n. 11; Bollansée, p. 227 n. 262; Fowler 1999; Gantz, p. xv; Jacoby 1947.
  4. ^ Sweeney, pp. 47–48; Suda Φ 217.


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