Hedylus son of Melicertus, a native of Samos or Athens, was an epigrammatic poet. His epigrams were included in the Garland of Meleager (Prooem. 45.) Eleven of them are in the Greek Anthology , but the genuineness of two of these (ix. and x.) is very doubtful. Most of his epigrams are in praise of wine, and all of them are jocular. In some he describes the dedicatory offerings in the temple of Arsinoe , among which he mentions the hydraulic organ of Ctesibius. Besides this indication of his time, we know that he was the contemporary and rival of Callimachus and friend of Poseidippus of Pella. He lived therefore in the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, and is to be classed with the Alexandrian school of poets. According to Athenaeus, he killed himself for love of a certain Glaucus.
Hedyle was an Iambic poetess, daughter of Moschine the Athenian, and mother of Hedylus. She wrote a poem entitled Scylla;, from which a passage is cited by Athenaeus(vii. p. 2979 b.)