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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.

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

For further information on these historic Greek authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Greek authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • 1
    Plutarch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    Parallel Lives, L'esilio

    BirthplaceChaeronea, Greece


    NationalityGreece, Roman Republic

    Plutarch (; Greek: Πλούταρχος, Ploútarkhos, Koine Greek: [ˈplutarkʰos]; c. AD 46 – c. 120),... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #67 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time#418 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 2
    Plato is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    The Republic, Phaedo

    BirthplaceClassical Athens

    NationalityClassical Athens

    Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A List of Famous Plato Quotes#87 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 3
    Euripides is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    The Bacchae, The Phoenician Women

    BirthplaceSalamis Island, Greece



    Euripides (; Greek: Εὐριπίδης Eurīpídēs, pronounced [eu̯.riː.pí.dɛːs]; c. 480 – c. 406 BC) was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    Rhetoric, Physics

    BirthplaceStagira, Greece



    Series WrittenOn Breath, Topics, Physics

    Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Sappho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho

    BirthplaceLesbos, Greece


    NationalityAncient Greece

    Sappho (; Aeolic Greek Ψάπφω Psáppho; c. 630 – c. 570 BC) was an Archaic Greek poet from the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #73 of 98 Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead#56 of 232 The Best Female Authors of All Time

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    Aristophanes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    The Knights, The Acharnians

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece



    Aristophanes (; Greek: Ἀριστοφάνης, pronounced [aristopʰánɛːs]; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Lafcadio Hearn

    Kottō; being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Lefkada, Greece, Lefkada


    NationalityIreland, Kingdom of Greece, Empire of Japan, United Kingdom, Japan

    Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (; Greek: Πατρίκιος Λευκάδιος Χερν; 27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904),... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Elia Kazan

    The Arrangement, Elia Kazan: A Life

    BirthplaceConstantinople, Istanbul, Turkey


    NationalityOttoman Empire, Turkey, United States of America, Greece

    Elia Kazan (; born Elias Kazantzoglou (Greek: Ηλίας Καζαντζόγλου); September 7, 1909 –... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button


    #18 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#12 of 12 Costars And Directors Talk About Working With Robert De Niro During His Most Famous Performances

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    Míkis Theodorakis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Míkis Theodorakis

    Anatomia tēs mousikēs, Journals of resistance

    BirthplaceChios, Greece



    Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μίκης) Θεοδωράκης [ˈmicis θeoðoˈɾacis]; born 29... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Aesop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    Aesop's Fables, The Ant and the Cricket

    BirthplaceAmorium, Turkey



    Aesop ( EE-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Homer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    Odyssey, Iliad



    Homer (; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος Greek pronunciation: [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the legendary... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Yannis Ritsos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Yannis Ritsos

    Monochords, Exile and return

    BirthplaceMonemvasia, Greece



    Yiannis Ritsos was a Greek poet and left-wing activist and an active member of the Greek... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Melina Mercouri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Melina Mercouri

    I was born Greek

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece



    Maria Amalia "Melina" Mercouri (Greek: Μαρία Αμαλία "Μελίνα" Μερκούρη; 18 October 1920 – 6... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Tommy Lee

    The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece


    NationalityUnited States of America, Greece

    Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician and founding member of Mötley... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Inside Pamela Anderson And Tommy Lee's Complicated Relationship#73 of 529 The Best Drummers Of All Time

  • 15
    Vassilis Vassilikos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Vassilis Vassilikos

    Les photographies, The plant

    BirthplaceKavala, Greece



    Vassilis Vassilikos (Greek: Βασίλης Βασιλικός, born 18 November 1934) is a Greek writer and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Georges Sari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Georges Sari

    The Lie, Mrs Cloclo at the Sea

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece



    Series WrittenTotos and Totina, Miss Kloklo

    Georges Sari (Greek: Ζωρζ Σαρή) or Zorz Sari (born Georgia Sarivaxevani; 23 May 1925 – 9 June... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Yanni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    Yanni - Ethnicity, Yanni in Words

    BirthplaceKalamata, Greece



    Yiannis Chryssomallis (Greek: Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης, born November 14, 1954), known... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #1171 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#176 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

  • 18
    Demosthenes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    On the crown, Demosthenes's Funeral Oration

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece



    Demosthenes (; Greek: Δημοσθένης Dēmosthénēs; Attic Greek: [dɛːmosˈtʰenɛːs]; 384 – 12 October... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    George Seferis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    George Seferis

    Hexi nychtes stēn Akropolē, Tre poesie segrete

    BirthplaceUrla, Turkey


    NationalityOttoman Empire, Greece

    Giorgos or George Seferis (; Greek: Γιώργος Σεφέρης [ˈʝorɣos seˈferis]), the pen name of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Alexander Scourby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Alexander Scourby

    Treasury of Walt Whitman, Complete Bible

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA


    NationalityUnited States of America, Greece

    Alexander Scourby (; November 13, 1913 – February 22, 1985) was an American film, television,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Odysseas Elytis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Odysseas Elytis

    The sovereign sun, The Elegies of Oxopetra

    BirthplaceHeraklion, Greece



    Odysseus Elytis (; Greek: Οδυσσέας Ελύτης [oðiˈseas eˈlitis], pen name of Odysseus... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Nia Vardalos

    Instant Mom

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada


    NationalityCanada, United States of America, Greece

    Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos (born September 24, 1962; Greek: Νία Βαρντάλος) is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Thucydides is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides

    BirthplaceAlimos, Greece



    Thucydides (; Greek: Θουκυδίδης Thoukydídēs [tʰuːkydídɛːs]; c.  460 – c.  400 BC) was an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Herodotus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Greece


    Histories, Hē tou Herodotou Halikarnasseos Historia

    BirthplaceHalicarnassus, Turkey



    Herodotus (c. 484 – c. 425 BC) was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mimis Fotopoulos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Greece

    Mimis Fotopoulos

    Imitonia, Bouloukia

    BirthplaceZatouna, Greece



    Dimitris "Mimis" Fotopoulos (Greek: Δημήτρης (Μίμης) Φωτόπουλος; 20 April 1913 – 29 October... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button