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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.
  • Euripides1


    Dec. at 74 (479 BC-405 BC)

    BirthplaceSalamis Island, Greece


    WorksThe Trojan Women, The Phoenician Women, Herakles' Children, Medea, Iphigenia in Tauris

    Euripides (; Greek: Εὐριπίδης Eurīpídēs, pronounced [eu̯.riː.pí.dɛːs]; c. 480 – c. 406 BC) was...  more
  • Homer2
    Homer (; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος Greek pronunciation: [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the legendary...  more

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  • Aristotle3


    Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)

    BirthplaceStagira, Greece


    WorksTopics, Posterior Analytics, Metaphysics, Rhetoric, Physics

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

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  • Plato4
    Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or...  more

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  • Aristophanes5
    Aristophanes (; Greek: Ἀριστοφάνης, pronounced [aristopʰánɛːs]; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of...  more
  • Epicurus6


    Dec. at 71 (340 BC-269 BC)

    BirthplaceSamos, Greece


    WorksDoctrines et maximes, Epicurea, Von der Überwindung der Furcht, Autour d'Epicure, The philosophy of Epicurus

    Epicurus (341–270 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded a highly...  more
  • Elia Kazan7

    Elia Kazan

    Dec. at 94 (1909-2003)

    BirthplaceIstanbul, Constantinople, Turkey

    NationalityOttoman Empire, Turkey, United States of America, Greece

    WorksAmerica America, The Arrangement, America, America, Elia Kazan: A Life

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


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  • Plutarch8


    Dec. at 75 (45-120)

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Greece, Chaeronea

    NationalityGreece, Roman Republic

    WorksParallel Lives, De fato, Erotikos, Vite parallele, Focione

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

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  • Míkis Theodorakis9

    BirthplaceChios, Greece


    WorksAnatomia tēs mousikēs, Peri technēs, Meine Stellung in der Musikszene, Culture et dimensions politiques, Music and theater

    Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μίκης) Θεοδωράκης [ˈmicis θeoðoˈɾacis]; born 29...  more
  • Tommy Lee10

    Tommy Lee

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    NationalityUnited States of America, Greece

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

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

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  • Valeria Golino11

    BirthplaceNaples, Italy

    NationalityItaly, Greece

    WorksArmandino e il Madre, Honey

    Valeria Golino (born 22 October 1965) is an Italian actress and director. She is best known to...  more
  • Melina Mercouri12

    Melina Mercouri

    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece


    WorksI was born Greek

    Maria Amalia "Melina" Mercouri (Greek: Μαρία Αμαλία "Μελίνα" Μερκούρη; 18 October 1920 – 6...  more
  • Theodoros Angelopoulos13

    Theodoros Angelopoulos

    Dec. at 77 (1935-2012)

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece


    WorksThe Travelling Players, Ulysses' Gaze, Eternity and a Day, Voyage to Cythera, The Weeping Meadow

    Theodoros "Theo" Angelopoulos (; Greek: Θεόδωρος Αγγελόπουλος; 27 April 1935 – 24 January...  more
  • Yanni14


    Age: 65

    BirthplaceKalamata, Greece


    WorksYanni in Words, Yanni - In My Time, The Best of Yanni, Yanni - Ethnicity

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

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  • 15

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    WorksElwood, My Brother Cicero

    Louis Mandylor (born Elias Theodosopoulos; Greek: Ηλίας Θεοδοσόπουλος; 13 September 1966) is a...  more
  • Aesop16


    Dec. at 56 (619 BC-563 BC)

    BirthplaceAmorium, Turkey


    WorksAesop's Fables, The Ant and the Cricket, The Life and Fables of Aesop, The North Wind and the Sun, Animal Fables from Aesop

    Aesop ( EE-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and...  more
  • Nia Vardalos17

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada, United States of America, Greece

    WorksMy Big Fat Greek Wedding, Larry Crowne, Connie and Carla, Instant Mom

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

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  • 18

    Michael Cacoyannis

    Dec. at 89 (1922-2011)

    BirthplaceLimassol, Cyprus


    WorksZorba the Greek, The Trojan Women, Electra, Attila '74: The Rape of Cyprus, Iphigenia

    Michael Cacoyannis (Greek: Μιχάλης Κακογιάννης, Michalis Kakogiannis; 11 June 1922 – 25 July...  more
  • Arianna Huffington19

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    NationalityUnited States of America, Greece

    WorksThe Art of Column Writing, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging, Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom, Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul, Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend

    Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (born July 15, 1950) is a Greek-American author, syndicated...  more

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  • Nikos Kazantzakis20

    Nikos Kazantzakis

    Dec. at 74 (1883-1957)

    BirthplaceHeraklion, Greece


    WorksThe Last Temptation of Christ, Captain Michalis, Journeying, Journey to the Morea, Zorba the Greek

    Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης [ˈnikos kazanˈd͡zacis]; 18 February 1883 – 26...  more
  • 21

    Kostas Karagiannis

    Dec. at 61 (1932-1993)

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece


    WorksManto Mavrogenous

    Kostas Karagiannis was a film and television director, screenwriter, actor and film producer....  more
  • 22

    Giannis Dalianidis

    Dec. at 87 (1923-2010)

    BirthplaceThessaloniki, Greece


    WorksThe Blue Beads from Greece, Kiss the Girls, Ena Exypno Exypno Moutro, The Decline, Gymnoi sto dromo

    Giannis Dalianidis (Greek: Γιάννης Δαλιανίδης; 31 December 1923 – 16 October 2010) was a Greek...  more
  • Yannis Ritsos23

    Yannis Ritsos

    Dec. at 81 (1909-1990)

    BirthplaceMonemvasia, Greece


    WorksMonochords, roptro, Italiko triptycho, Grécité, Ti paraxena pramata

    Yiannis Ritsos was a Greek poet and left-wing activist and an active member of the Greek...  more
  • Alexander Scourby24

    Alexander Scourby

    Dec. at 72 (1913-1985)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Greece

    WorksNew Testament from the Good News Bible, Holy Bible New Testament/King James Version/12 Audio Cassettes, Sourby Bible, Complete Bible, Treasury of Walt Whitman

    Alexander Scourby (; November 13, 1913 – February 22, 1985) was an American film, television,...  more
  • Vassilis Vassilikos25

    BirthplaceKavala, Greece


    WorksYoung Aphrodites, mythologia tēs Amerikēs, Trilogie, thanatos tou Amerikanou, Les photographies

    Vassilis Vassilikos (Greek: Βασίλης Βασιλικός, born 18 November 1934) is a Greek writer and...  more