Phylarchus of Athens or Naucratis
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active in the 3rd cent. BC;

Greek historian; representative of the so-called tragic, or mimetic, school of historiography (by means of sophisticated literary techniques).


His works are only extant in fragments. They were not only used as source material by later historians, but also seen as exponents of a narrative culture, as evident in the reception of the Deipnosophistaí by Athenaeus [3] , which transmits the largest proportion of fragments (cf. also the more recent translations).

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Landfester, Manfred, “Phylarchus of Athens or Naucratis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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