- In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the narrator's past self is referred to by the name "Phaedrus".
- In Death in Venice, the narrator's young love Tadzio is associated with Phaedrus.
- In a key scene from the film adaptation of Maurice, students, including Maurice, attend Dean Cornwallis's translation class in which two undergraduates orally translate into English the text (based on) Phaedrus (Stephanus 251a, 255a–e), during which the Dean instructs one to "Omit the reference to the unspeakable vice of the Greeks".
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