The virtuous singer, son of Terpius, in the court of Odysseus on Ithaca. He was compelled against his will to entertain the suiters of Penelope. Because of his unwillingness to participate in the suitors' debauchery, Odysseus spared his life.
Phemius is one of the two bards depicted in the Odyssey.
- Homer. Odyssey i, 154; xxii, 330 ff.; xvii, 263.