Writers Famous Authors from Greece

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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.

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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. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in ...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