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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.

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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 Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He is considered today to be a Middle Platonist. Plutarch's surviving works seem to ...more

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Republic, Phaedo, Meno Plato was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece. He is considered an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded ...more

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Euripides is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Bacchae, The Phoenician Women, Ion Euripides was a tragedian of classical Athens. He is one of the three whose plays have survived, with the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five ...more

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Rhetoric, Physics, Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was ...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) Sappho was a Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos. The Alexandrians included her in the list of nine lyric poets. Her birth was sometime between 630 and 612 BCE, and it is said that ...more

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Aristophanes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Knights, The Acharnians, The Birds Aristophanes, son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaeum, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his thirty plays survive virtually complete. These, together with fragments of some ...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 Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ...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 Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...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 Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis is a Greek songwriter of over 1000 songs and composer. He scored for the films Zorba the Greek, Z, and Serpico. He is viewed as Greece's best-known living ...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 Aesop was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains uncertain and no writings by him ...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 Homerus, best known as his anglicised name Homer, is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He was believed by the ancient Greeks to have been the first and greatest of the epic poets. Author ...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 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 Melina Mercouri, was a Greek actress, singer and politician. She was born to a former cavalry officer and member of parliament, Stamatis Mercouris, and his wife Eirini Lappa. When she completed ...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 Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded ...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 Vassilis Vassilikos is a Greek writer, and a 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 Georges Sari or Zorz Sari, a Greek author and actress, was born in Athens. Her mother was French and her father was Greek from Ayvalik, Turkey. She grew up in Greece, where she attended ...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 Yiannis Chryssomallis, known professionally as Yanni, is a Greek-American composer, keyboardist, pianist, and music producer who has spent his adult life in the United States. Yanni continues to ...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 Demosthenes was a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. His orations constitute a significant expression of contemporary Athenian intellectual prowess and provide an insight ...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 Giorgos or George Seferis, the pen name of Georgios Seferiades, was a Greek poet-diplomat. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate. He was a career ...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 Alexander Scourby 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 ruthless mob boss Mike Lagana in Fritz Lang's ...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 Odysseas Elytis was regarded as a major exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world. In 1979 the Nobel Prize in Literature was bestowed on him, making him the only Nobel laureate born ...more

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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Instant Mom Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos is a Canadian-born actress, screenwriter, director, singer and producer. Her most notable work is the 2002 Academy Award–nominated film My Big Fat Greek ...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 Thucydides was an Athenian historian, political philosopher and general. His History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 BC. ...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 Herodotus was a Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria and lived in the fifth century BC. Widely referred to as "The Father of History", he was the first historian known ...more

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Mimis Fotopoulos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Imitonia, Bouloukia, Sklira trioleta Dimitris "Mimis" Fotopoulos was a Greek actor, writer, poet and academic. He was born in Zatouna, Gortynia, Arcadia. He studied at the Dramatic School of National Theatre. He also ...more

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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Art of Column Writing, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging, Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the ...more

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Nikos Kazantzakis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Last Temptation of Christ, Zorba the Greek, Captain Michalis Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael ...more

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Mimi Denisi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Mimi Denisi is an actress and writer.

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Iakovos Kambanelis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Age of Night, Aspasia, Our Great Circus Iakovos Kambanelis was a Greek poet, playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and novelist. Born 2 December 1922 in Hora in the island of Naxos, Kambanelis appears as one of the most prominent Greek ...more

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Nikos Engonopoulos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Nikos Engonopoulos Nocturnal Maria, Eleonora, A Journey To Elbassan Nikos Engonopoulos was a modern Greek painter and poet. He is one of the most important members of "Generation of the '30s", as well as a major representative of the surrealist ...more

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Dionysios Solomos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The free besieged and other poems, Eis monachin, Pothos Dionysios Solomos was a Greek poet from Zakynthos. He is best known for writing the Hymn to Liberty, of which the first two stanzas, set to music by Nikolaos Mantzaros, became the Greek national ...more

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Angelos Sikelianos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Sibylla, Daedalus in Crete, The Death of Digenis Angelos Sikelianos was a Greek lyric poet and playwright. He wrote on national history, religious symbolism, and universal harmony in poems such as The Light-Shadowed, Prologue to Life, Mother ...more

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Cornelius Castoriadis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Castoriadis reader, The imaginary institution of society, Figures of the thinkable Cornelius Castoriadis was a Greek-French philosopher, social critic, economist, psychoanalyst, author of The Imaginary Institution of Society, and co-founder of the Socialisme ou Barbarie group. ...more

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Apostolos Doxiadis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Logicomix, Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture Apostolos K. Doxiadis is a Greek writer. He is best known for his international bestsellers Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture and Logicomix.

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Kostis Palamas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Life Immovable, The King's flute, Twelve Lays of the Gypsy Kostis Palamas was a Greek poet who wrote the words to the Olympic Hymn. He was a central figure of the Greek literary generation of the 1880s and one of the cofounders of the so-called New ...more

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Manolis Anagnostakis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Manolis Anagnostakis O stochos, Ta Sympleromatika, O piitis Manussos Fassis Manolis Anagnostakis was a Greek poet and critic at the forefront of the Marxist and existentialist poetry movements arising during and after the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s. Anagnostakis ...more

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Tzimis Panousis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
To kynigi tis gkomenas, Ygieini diastrofi, O Stalin skeftetai gia sena sto Kremlino Tzimis Panousis is a Greek musician and stand-up comedian born in Athens on February 12, 1954, where he has spent most of his life. His fans often refer to him as “Tzimakos”. He is married to ...more

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Katerina Gogou is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Wooden Overcoat, Idionimo, Three Clicks Left Katerina Gogou was a Greek poet, author and actress. Before her suicide by pill overdose at the age of 53, Gogou appeared in over thirty Greek films.

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Epicurus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Epicurea, extant remains, resti dell'XI libro del Peri physeōs di Epicuro Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. Only a few fragments and letters of Epicurus's 300 written works remain. Much of ...more

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Alexandros Papadiamantis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The Murderess, Die rosenfarbenen Strände, Tales from a Greek Island Alexandros Pepekas Papadiamantis was an influential Greek novelist, short-story writer and poet.

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Olga Broumas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Rave: Poems 1975-1999, Pastoral jazz, Sappho's gymnasium Olga Broumas is a Greek poet, resident in the United States.

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Andreas Embirikos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Blast furnace, Nikos Engonopoulos or the miracle of Elbassan and Bosphorus, Armala or Introduction to a city Andreas Embirikos was a Greek surrealist poet and the first Greek psychoanalyst.

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Kostas Karyotakis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Xeprovodisma, When you Came..., Prepare Kostas Karyotakis is considered one of the most representative Greek poets of the 1920s and one of the first poets to use iconoclastic themes in Greece. His poetry conveys a great deal of ...more

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Antonis Samarakis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Antonis Samarakis The flaw, I kontra, The Passport

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Gregorios Xenopoulos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Anadiomeni, The war, Teresa Varma-Dakosta Gregorios Xenopoulos was a novelist, journalist and writer of plays from Zakynthos. He was lead editor in the now-legendary magazine "The Education of Children" during the period from ...more

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Elder Paisios of Mount Athos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Elder Paisios of Mount Athos Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian, Athonite Fathers and Athonite Matters, Epistles Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, born Arsenios Eznepidis, was a well-known Eastern Orthodox ascetic from Mount Athos, who originated from Pharasa, Cappadocia. He was respected for his spiritual ...more

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Kostas Varnalis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Kostas Varnalis O Solomos horis metafysiki, Solomika, Pezos logos Kostas Varnalis was a Greek poet.

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Evangelos Venizelos is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
The problem of constitutional justice in Greece, Lessons of Constitutional Law, Towards a post-representative democracy Evangelos Venizelos is a Greek politician who was Deputy Prime Minister of Greece and Minister for Foreign Affairs from 25 June 2013 to 27 January 2014. Previously, he was Deputy Prime Minister ...more

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Nikos Tsiforos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Youth Party Nikos Tsiforos was a Greek screenwriter and film director. He wrote 64 films between 1948 and 1970. He also directed 17 films between 1948 and 1961.

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Alki Zei is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Greece
Wildcat Under Glass, Tina's Web, Constandina Y Las Telaranas Alki Zei is a writer.