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Famous Writers from Greece

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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
Dec. at 74 (479 BC-405 BC)
Euripides (; Greek: Εὐριπίδης Eurīpídēs, pronounced [eu̯.riː.pí.dɛːs]; c. 480 – c. 406 BC) was a tragedian of classical Athens. Along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, he is one of the ...more

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Homer (; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος Greek pronunciation: [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient ...more

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)
Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, the founder of the Lyceum ...more

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in ...more

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Aristophanes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Aristophanes (; Greek: Ἀριστοφάνης, pronounced [aristopʰánɛːs]; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Kydathenaion (Latin: Cydathenaeum), was a comic playwright of ancient ...more

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Epicurus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 71 (340 BC-269 BC)
Epicurus (341–270 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded a highly influential school of philosophy now called Epicureanism. He was born on the Greek island of Samos to ...more

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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Elia Kazan Dec. at 94 (1909-2003)
Elia Kazan (; born Elias Kazantzoglou (Greek: Ηλίας Καζαντζόγλου); September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York ...more

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Plutarch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 75 (45-120)
Plutarch (; Greek: Πλούταρχος, Ploútarkhos, Koine Greek: [ˈplutarkʰos]; c. AD 46 – c. 120), later named, upon becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, (Λούκιος Μέστριος ...more

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Míkis Theodorakis... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 94
Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μίκης) Θεοδωράκης [ˈmicis θeoðoˈɾacis]; born 29 July 1925) is a Greek songwriter and composer who has written over 1000 songs.He scored ...more
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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 57
Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician and founding member of Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of ...more

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Valeria Golino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 54
Valeria Golino (born 22 October 1965) is an Italian actress and director. She is best known to English-language audiences for her roles in Rain Man, Big Top Pee-wee, and the two Hot Shots! ...more
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Melina Mercouri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)
Maria Amalia "Melina" Mercouri (Greek: Μαρία Αμαλία "Μελίνα" Μερκούρη; 18 October 1920 – 6 March 1994) was a Greek actress, singer, and politician. She received an Oscar ...more
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Theodoros Angelopoulos ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 77 (1935-2012)
Theodoros "Theo" Angelopoulos (; Greek: Θεόδωρος Αγγελόπουλος; 27 April 1935 – 24 January 2012) was a Greek filmmaker, screenwriter and film producer. An acclaimed and multi-awarded ...more
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Yanni is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 65
Yiannis Chryssomallis (Greek: Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης, born November 14, 1954), known professionally as Yanni ( YAH-nee), is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist, and music producer who has ...more

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Louis Mandylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 53
Louis Mandylor (born Elias Theodosopoulos; Greek: Ηλίας Θεοδοσόπουλος; 13 September 1966) is a Greek Australian film and television actor. He is best recognized as Nick Portokalos in My Big Fat ...more
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Aesop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 56 (619 BC-563 BC)
Aesop ( EE-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence ...more
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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 57
Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos (born September 24, 1962; Greek: Νία Βαρντάλος) is a Canadian-American actress, screenwriter, and producer of Greek descent. Her most notable work is the ...more

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Michael Cacoyannis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 89 (1922-2011)
Michael Cacoyannis (Greek: Μιχάλης Κακογιάννης, Michalis Kakogiannis; 11 June 1922 – 25 July 2011) was a Greek Cypriot filmmaker, best known for his 1964 film Zorba the Greek. He directed the ...more
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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 69
Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (born July 15, 1950) is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of ...more

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Nikos Kazantzakis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. at 74 (1883-1957)
Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης [ˈnikos kazanˈd͡zacis]; 18 February 1883 – 26 October 1957) was a Greek writer. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated ...more
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Kostas Karagiannis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Kostas Karagiannis Dec. 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
Dec. at 87 (1923-2010)
Giannis Dalianidis (Greek: Γιάννης Δαλιανίδης; 31 December 1923 – 16 October 2010) was a Greek film director. His first film was Mousitsa, released in 1959, which was followed by a series of ...more
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Yannis Ritsos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
Dec. at 72 (1913-1985)
Alexander Scourby (; November 13, 1913 – February 22, 1985) 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 ...more
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Vassilis Vassilikos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 85
Vassilis Vassilikos (Greek: Βασίλης Βασιλικός, born 18 November 1934) is a Greek writer and diplomat.