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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?"

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    Plutarch

    Plutarch

    Parallel Lives, L'esilio

    BirthplaceChaeronea, Greece

    Birthdate0045-01-01

    NationalityGreece, Roman Republic

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

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    Plato

    Plato

    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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    Euripides

    Euripides

    The Bacchae, The Phoenician Women

    BirthplaceSalamis Island, Greece

    Birthdate456-06-11

    NationalityGreece

    Euripides (; Greek: Εὐριπίδης Eurīpídēs, pronounced [eu̯.riː.pí.dɛːs]; c. 480 – c. 406 BC) was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Aristotle

    Aristotle

    Rhetoric, Physics

    BirthplaceStagira, Greece

    Birthdate552-06-12

    NationalityGreece

    Series WrittenOn Breath, Topics, Physics

    Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sappho

    Sappho

    The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho

    BirthplaceLesbos, Greece

    Birthdate311-06-11

    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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    Aristophanes

    Aristophanes

    The Knights, The Acharnians

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Birthdate446

    NationalityGreece

    Aristophanes (; Greek: Ἀριστοφάνης, pronounced [aristopʰánɛːs]; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Lafcadio Hearn

    Lafcadio Hearn

    Kottō; being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Lefkada, Greece, Lefkada

    Birthdate1850

    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
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    Elia Kazan

    Elia Kazan

    The Arrangement, Elia Kazan: A Life

    BirthplaceIstanbul, Constantinople, Turkey

    Birthdate1909

    NationalityOttoman Empire, Turkey, United States of America, Greece

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    Míkis Theodorakis

    Míkis Theodorakis

    Anatomia tēs mousikēs, Journals of resistance

    BirthplaceChios, Greece

    Birthdate1925

    NationalityGreece

    Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μίκης) Θεοδωράκης [ˈmicis θeoðoˈɾacis]; born 29... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Aesop

    Aesop

    Aesop's Fables, The Ant and the Cricket

    BirthplaceAmorium, Turkey

    Birthdate316-06-10

    NationalityGreece

    Aesop ( EE-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Homer

    Homer

    Odyssey, Iliad

    BirthplaceGreece

    NationalityGreece

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

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    Yannis Ritsos

    Yannis Ritsos

    Monochords, Exile and return

    BirthplaceMonemvasia, Greece

    Birthdate1909-05-01

    NationalityGreece

    Yiannis Ritsos was a Greek poet and left-wing activist and an active member of the Greek... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Melina Mercouri

    Melina Mercouri

    I was born Greek

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Birthdate1920

    NationalityGreece

    Maria Amalia "Melina" Mercouri (Greek: Μαρία Αμαλία "Μελίνα" Μερκούρη; 18 October 1920 – 6... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tommy Lee

    Tommy Lee

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

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Birthdate1962-10-03

    NationalityUnited States of America, Greece

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    Vassilis Vassilikos

    Vassilis Vassilikos

    Les photographies, The plant

    BirthplaceKavala, Greece

    Birthdate1934

    NationalityGreece

    Vassilis Vassilikos (Greek: Βασίλης Βασιλικός, born 18 November 1934) is a Greek writer and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Georges Sari

    The Lie, Mrs Cloclo at the Sea

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Birthdate1925

    NationalityGreece

    Series WrittenTotos and Totina, Miss Kloklo

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    Yanni

    Yanni

    Yanni - Ethnicity, Yanni in Words

    BirthplaceKalamata, Greece

    Birthdate1954-11-14

    NationalityGreece

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

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    Demosthenes

    Demosthenes

    On the crown, Demosthenes's Funeral Oration

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Birthdate552-06-12

    NationalityGreece

    Demosthenes (; Greek: Δημοσθένης Dēmosthénēs; Attic Greek: [dɛːmosˈtʰenɛːs]; 384 – 12 October... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    George Seferis

    George Seferis

    Hexi nychtes stēn Akropolē, Tre poesie segrete

    BirthplaceUrla, Turkey

    Birthdate1900-03-13

    NationalityOttoman Empire, Greece

    Giorgos or George Seferis (; Greek: Γιώργος Σεφέρης [ˈʝorɣos seˈferis]), the pen name of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Alexander Scourby

    Alexander Scourby

    Treasury of Walt Whitman, Complete Bible

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Birthdate1913-11-13

    NationalityUnited States of America, Greece

    Alexander Scourby (; November 13, 1913 – February 22, 1985) was an American film, television,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Odysseas Elytis

    Odysseas Elytis

    The sovereign sun, The Elegies of Oxopetra

    BirthplaceHeraklion, Greece

    Birthdate1911-11-02

    NationalityGreece

    Odysseus Elytis (; Greek: Οδυσσέας Ελύτης [oðiˈseas eˈlitis], pen name of Odysseus... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Nia Vardalos

    Nia Vardalos

    Instant Mom

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    Birthdate1962-09-24

    NationalityCanada, United States of America, Greece

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    Thucydides

    Thucydides

    The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides

    BirthplaceAlimos, Greece

    Birthdate476-06-11

    NationalityGreece

    Thucydides (; Greek: Θουκυδίδης Thoukydídēs [tʰuːkydídɛːs]; c.  460 – c.  400 BC) was an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Herodotus

    Herodotus

    Histories, Hē tou Herodotou Halikarnasseos Historia

    BirthplaceHalicarnassus, Turkey

    Birthdate452-06-11

    NationalityGreece

    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

    Imitonia, Bouloukia

    BirthplaceZatouna, Greece

    Birthdate1913

    NationalityGreece

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