Pherenicus (Greek: Φερένικος) was an epic poet from Heraclea Pontica.[1][2] He treated of Metamorphoses and similar fabulous tales. Athenaeus gives a statement from him respecting the origin of the fig-tree and other trees;[3] and Tzetzes speaks of him as one of those who treated of the monstrous and fabulous forms of men,[4] and quotes from him two lines respecting the Hyperboreans.[5][6]


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  3. ^ Athenaeus. "14". Deipnosophistaí Δειπνοσοφισταί [The Deiphnosophists] (in Greek). Vol. III. p. 78b.
  4. ^ Tzetzes. "144: Περι του και ει τι τουτων ψευδεπινουστερον". Chiliades (in Greek). Vol. VII.
  5. ^ comp. Schol. ad Pind. Ol. iii. 28.
  6. ^ Smith, William, ed. (1870). "Pherenicus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Vol. 3. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company. p. 259.