Oppian (ŏpˈēən) [key], fl. 2d cent., Greek poet. He is the author of a didactic poem (in five books of hexameters) on fishing called Halieutica. Two other poems, formerly attributed to Oppian, are now believed to be by other writers— Cynegetica (on hunting), perhaps by another poet named Oppian, and Ixeutica (on birdcatching).
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