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List of the most popular authors from Greece, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Greek authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Greek writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List features authors like Thucydides and P. J. Vatikiotis.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Greece?" and "Who are the best Greek authors?"

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Plutarch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Parallel Lives, L'esilio, Sur les délais de la justice divine dans la punition des coupables

Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Greece, Chaeronea

Birthdate: 45

Nationality: Greece, Roman Republic

Plutarch (; Greek: Πλούταρχος, Ploútarkhos, Koine Greek: [ˈplutarkʰos]; c. AD 46 – c. 120), later named, upon becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, (Λούκιος Μέστριος ...more

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

Birthplace: Classical Athens

Nationality: Classical Athens

Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in ...more

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A List of Famous Plato Quotes #22 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #58 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Euripides is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Bacchae, The Phoenician Women, Ion

Birthplace: Salamis Island, Greece

Birthdate: 456-06-11

Nationality: Greece

Euripides (; Greek: Εὐριπίδης Eurīpídēs, pronounced [eu̯.riː.pí.dɛːs]; c. 480 – c. 406 BC) was a tragedian of classical Athens. Along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, he is one of the ...more

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Rhetoric, Physics, Nicomachean Ethics

Birthplace: Stagira, Greece

Birthdate: 552-06-12

Nationality: Greece

Series Written: On Breath, Topics, Physics

Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, the founder of the Lyceum ...more

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Sappho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho, Woman from child (Sappho)

Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Lesbos, Greece, North Aegean

Birthdate: 625

Nationality: Ancient Greece

Sappho (; Aeolic Greek Ψάπφω Psáppho; c. 630 – c. 570 BC) was an Archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. Sappho is known for her lyric poetry, written to be sung while accompanied ...more

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Aristophanes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Knights, The Acharnians, The Birds

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Birthdate: 446

Nationality: Greece

Aristophanes (; Greek: Ἀριστοφάνης, pronounced [aristopʰánɛːs]; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Kydathenaion (Latin: Cydathenaeum), was a comic playwright of ancient ...more

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Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Kottō; being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs, Lafcadio Hearn: Japan's great interpreter: a new anthology of his writings

Birthplace: Lefkada, Greece

Birthdate: 1850

Nationality: Kingdom of Greece, Republic of Ireland, Empire of Japan, United Kingdom, Japan

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (; Greek: Πατρίκιος Λευκάδιος Χερν; 27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲), was a writer, known best for his books about ...more
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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Arrangement, Elia Kazan: A Life, America

Birthplace: Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey

Birthdate: 1909

Nationality: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, United States of America, Greece

Elia Kazan (; born Elias Kazantzoglou (Greek: Ηλίας Καζαντζόγλου); September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York ...more

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Míkis Theodorakis... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Anatomia tēs mousikēs, Journals of resistance, tragoudi tou nekrou adelphou

Birthplace: Chios, Greece

Birthdate: 1925

Nationality: Greece

Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μίκης) Θεοδωράκης [ˈmicis θeoðoˈɾacis]; born 29 July 1925) is a Greek songwriter and composer who has written over 1000 songs.He scored ...more
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Aesop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Aesop's Fables, The Ant and the Cricket, The Ant and the Grasshopper

Birthplace: Amorium, Turkey

Birthdate: 316-06-10

Nationality: Greece

Aesop ( EE-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence ...more
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Homer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Odyssey, Iliad, The Iliad and the Odyssey

Birthplace: Greece

Nationality: Greece

Homer (; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος Greek pronunciation: [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient ...more

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Yannis Ritsos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Monochords, Exile and return, Eighteen short songs of the bitter motherland

Birthplace: Monemvasia, Greece

Birthdate: 1909-05-01

Nationality: Greece

Yiannis Ritsos was a Greek poet and left-wing activist and an active member of the Greek Resistance during World War II.
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Melina Mercouri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
I was born Greek

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Birthdate: 1920

Nationality: Greece

Maria Amalia "Melina" Mercouri (Greek: Μαρία Αμαλία "Μελίνα" Μερκούρη; 18 October 1920 – 6 March 1994) was a Greek actress, singer, and politician. She received an Oscar ...more
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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Birthdate: 1962-10-03

Nationality: United States of America, Greece

Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician and founding member of Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of ...more

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Vassilis Vassilikos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Les photographies, The plant, The Monarch

Birthplace: Kavala, Greece

Birthdate: 1934

Nationality: Greece

Vassilis Vassilikos (Greek: Βασίλης Βασιλικός, born 18 November 1934) is a Greek writer and diplomat.
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Georges Sari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Lie, Mrs Cloclo at the Sea, Mrs Cloclo is Cooking

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Birthdate: 1925

Nationality: Greece

Series Written: Totos and Totina, Miss Kloklo

Georges Sari (Greek: Ζωρζ Σαρή) or Zorz Sari (born Georgia Sarivaxevani; 23 May 1925 – 9 June 2012), a Greek author and actress, was born in Athens. Her mother was French and her father was ...more
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Yanni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Yanni - Ethnicity, Yanni in Words, The Best of Yanni

Birthplace: Kalamata, Greece

Birthdate: 1954-11-14

Nationality: Greece

Yiannis Chryssomallis (Greek: Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης, born November 14, 1954), known professionally as Yanni ( YAH-nee), is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist, and music producer who has ...more

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Demosthenes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
On the crown, Demosthenes's Funeral Oration, Demosthenes

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Birthdate: 552-06-12

Nationality: Greece

Demosthenes (; Greek: Δημοσθένης Dēmosthénēs; Attic Greek: [dɛːmosˈtʰenɛːs]; 384 – 12 October 322 BC) was a Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. His orations constitute a ...more
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George Seferis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Hexi nychtes stēn Akropolē, Tre poesie segrete, Kavaphēs tou Sepherē

Birthplace: Urla, Turkey

Birthdate: 1900-03-13

Nationality: Ottoman Empire, Greece

Giorgos or George Seferis (; Greek: Γιώργος Σεφέρης [ˈʝorɣos seˈferis]), the pen name of Georgios Seferiades (Γεώργιος Σεφεριάδης; March 13 [O.S. February 29] 1900 – September 20, 1971), was a ...more
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Alexander Scourby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Treasury of Walt Whitman, Complete Bible, Psalms from the Good News Bible

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Birthdate: 1913-11-13

Nationality: United States of America, Greece

Alexander Scourby (; November 13, 1913 – February 22, 1985) was an American film, television, and voice actor known for his deep and resonant voice. He is best known for his film role as the ...more
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Odysseas Elytis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The sovereign sun, The Elegies of Oxopetra, Orientations

Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece

Birthdate: 1911-11-02

Nationality: Greece

Odysseus Elytis (; Greek: Οδυσσέας Ελύτης [oðiˈseas eˈlitis], pen name of Odysseus Alepoudellis, Greek: Οδυσσέας Αλεπουδέλλης; 2 November 1911 – 18 March 1996) was regarded as a major ...more
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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Instant Mom

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Birthdate: 1962-09-24

Nationality: United States of America, Canada

Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos (born September 24, 1962; Greek: Νία Βαρντάλος) is a Canadian-American actress, screenwriter, and producer of Greek descent. Her most notable work is the ...more

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Thucydides is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides, Book VII

Birthplace: Alimos, Greece

Birthdate: 476-06-11

Nationality: Greece

Thucydides (; Greek: Θουκυδίδης Thoukydídēs [tʰuːkydídɛːs]; c.  460 – c.  400 BC) was an Athenian historian and general. His History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the ...more
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Herodotus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Histories, Hē tou Herodotou Halikarnasseos Historia, Le storie

Birthplace: Halicarnassus, Turkey

Birthdate: 452-06-11

Nationality: Greece

Herodotus (c. 484 – c. 425 BC) was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus in the Persian Empire (modern-day Bodrum, Turkey). He is known for having written the book The ...more

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Mimis Fotopoulos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Imitonia, Bouloukia, Sklira trioleta

Birthplace: Zatouna, Greece

Birthdate: 1913

Nationality: Greece

Dimitris "Mimis" Fotopoulos (Greek: Δημήτρης (Μίμης) Φωτόπουλος; 20 April 1913 – 29 October 1986) was a Greek actor, writer, poet and academic. He was born in Zatouna, Gortynia, ...more