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List of famous writers from Greece, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Greece is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Greek writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Greece and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Use every item on this list for yours, from Kostas Manoussakis to Alexandros Papadiamantis.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Greek writers?" and "Which writers are from Greece?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Greece in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Greece, but they're all of Greece descent.

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Euripides is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 74 (479 BC-405 BC) 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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Homer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
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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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 62 (383 BC-321 BC) 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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Plato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
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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Aristophanes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
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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Epicurus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 71 (340 BC-269 BC) 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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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 94 (1909-2003) 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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Plutarch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 75 (45-120) 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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Míkis Theodorakis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 93 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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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 56 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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Valeria Golino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 53 Valeria Golino is an Italian actress and director. She is best known to English-language audiences for the 1988 film Rain Man, and the Hot Shots! films. In addition to David di Donatello, Silver ...more

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Melina Mercouri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 74 (1920-1994) 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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Theodoros Angelopoulos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 77 (1935-2012) Theodoros "Theo" Angelopoulos was a Greek filmmaker, screenwriter and film producer. An acclaimed and multi-awarded film director who dominated the Greek art film industry from 1975 on, ...more

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Yanni is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 64 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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Louis Mandylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 52 Louis Mandylor is an Australian film and television actor.

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Aesop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 56 (619 BC-563 BC) 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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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 56 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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Michael Cacoyannis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 89 (1922-2011) Michael Cacoyannis was a Cypriot filmmaker, best known for his 1964 film Zorba the Greek. He directed the 1983 Broadway revival of the musical based on the film. Much of his work was rooted in ...more

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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 68 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) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 74 (1883-1957) 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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Kostas Karagiannis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Kostas Karagiannis Died at 61 (1932-1993) Kostas Karagiannis was a film and television director, screenwriter, actor and film producer.

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Giannis Dalianidis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 87 (1923-2010) Giannis Dalianidis was a Greek director. His first film was Mousitsa, released in 1959, which was followed by a series of musicals. Between 1974 and 1981, he produced the television series Luna ...more

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Yannis Ritsos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 81 (1909-1990) 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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Alexander Scourby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 72 (1913-1985) 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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Vassilis Vassilikos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 84 Vassilis Vassilikos is a Greek writer, and a diplomat.

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Lakis Lazopoulos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 62 Apostolos "Lakis" Lazopoulos is a Greek playwright, actor and songwriter. His birth name is Apostolos Lazopoulos, Lakis being a diminutive. Lazopoulos was ranked 83rd by the public in ...more

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Alki David is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 50 Alkiviades "Alki" David is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In 2008 he was the ...more

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Yorgos Lanthimos is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 45 Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek filmmaker and theatre director. Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. Through the ...more

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Demosthenes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 62 (383 BC-321 BC) 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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Dinos Dimopoulos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 82 (1921-2003) Dinos Dimopoulos was a Greek actor, film director, screenwriter and theatre director. He directed 47 films between 1953 and 1993. His 1959 film Astero was entered into the 9th Berlin ...more

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Kostas Voutsas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 87 Kostas Voutsas is a Greek actor, director, and writer.

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Katerina Gogou is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 53 (1940-1993) 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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Haris Romas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 58 Charis Romas or Haris Romas is a Greek actor, screenwriter, and lyricist. He was born on 23 March 1960 in Piraeus as Haralambos Rassias.

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Nikos Papatakis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 92 (1918-2010) Nikos Papatakis was a Greek-born naturalised French filmmaker, who lived in France.

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Odysseas Elytis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 85 (1911-1996) 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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Herodotus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 59 (483 BC-424 BC) 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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Alekos Sakellarios is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 78 (1913-1991) Alekos Sakellarios was a Greek writer and a director. He was born in Athens and began to study journalism and acting at a young age. He wrote his first theatrical play in 1935 called The King of ...more

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Athina Rachel Tsangari is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 52 Athina Rachel Tsangari is a Greek filmmaker and projection designer who has worked on projects such as the 2004 Olympic Games.

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Georges Sari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 87 (1925-2012) 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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Thucydides is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 65 (459 BC-394 BC) 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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Tzimis Panousis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 64 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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George Seferis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 71 (1900-1971) 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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Constantine Giannaris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 59 Constantine Giannaris is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Apostolos Doxiadis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 65 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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Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Archimedes of Syracuse was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading ...more

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Romain Gavras is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 37 Romain Gavras is a Greek French director, best known overseas for directing M.I.A.'s controversial video for "Born Free". His films and music videos often portray a gritty and ...more

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Nico Mastorakis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 77 Nico Mastorakis is a Greek filmmaker, director and radio producer.

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Christoforos Papakaliatis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 43 Christoforos Papakaliatis is an actor, screenwriter, music editor and film and TV director.

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Aleksandr Zguridi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Died at 94 (1904-1998) Aleksandr Zguridi was a film director and a screenwriter.

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Pantelis Voulgaris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Pantelis Voulgaris age 78 Pantelis Voulgaris is a Greek film director and screenwriter. His first feature film To proxenio tis Annas in 1972 won the first prize in Thessaloniki International Film Festival. His 1989 film ...more