Culture

Famous Writers from Greece

Reference
14.6k views 190 items

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.
1
Euripides is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
2
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
3
Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in ...more
4
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
5
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
6
Epicurus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
7
Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
8
Plutarch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
9
Míkis Theodorakis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 94
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
10
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 57
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
11
Valeria Golino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 54
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
12
Melina Mercouri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
13
Theodoros Angelopoulos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
14
Yanni is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 65
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
15
Louis Mandylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 53
Louis Mandylor is an Australian film and television actor.
16
Aesop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
17
Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 57
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
18
Michael Cacoyannis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
19
Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 69
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
20
Nikos Kazantzakis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
21
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.
22
Giannis Dalianidis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
23
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.
24
Alexander Scourby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
Dec. 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
25
Vassilis Vassilikos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Greece
age 85
Vassilis Vassilikos is a Greek writer, and a diplomat.