Menecrates of Ephesus

Menecrates of Ephesus (/məˈnɛkrətz/; Greek: Μενεκράτης ὁ Ἐφέσιος; 330–270 BC) was a Greek didactic poet of the Hellenistic period.[1] He wrote a poem called the Works which was modeled upon Hesiod's Works and Days and included a discussion of bees based on the work of Aristotle. He was the teacher of the astronomical poet Aratus.[2]


  1. ^ Oxford Classical Dictionary, ed. Hornblower, Simon, and Antony Spawforth. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-19-268767-8 p.958
  2. ^ Philip Thibodeau, "Menekrates of Ephesos" , p. 545 in The Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists, ed. Paul T. Keyser and Georgia L. Irby-Massie. London & New York: Routledge, 2008. ISBN 978-0-415-34020-5


  • Edition of his surviving works: Supplementum Hellenisticum, ed. Hugh Lloyd-Jones; P J Parsons; H -G Nesselrath; J U Powell. Berlin & New York : W. de Gruyter, 1983 ISBN 978-3-11-008171-8