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This famous Greek poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown Greek poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from Greece.

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Aeschylus,

Aeschylus (/ ' i s k l s / or / ' s k l s / ; Greek : s, Aiskhulos ; c. 525/524 BC – c. 456/455 BC) was the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays can still be read or performed, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. He is often described as the father of tragedy: Our knowledge of the genre begins with his work and our understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict amongst them, whereas previously characters had interacted only with the chorus. [ nb 1 ]
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Alcman,

Alcman (fl.7th century BC) was an Ancient Greek choral lyric poet from Sparta. His English name is the Latin transliteration of the ancient Greek Alkmán (µ ). He is the earliest representative of the Alexandrian canon of the nine lyric poets .
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Alexandrou, Aris

Aris Alexandrou (Greek ed ) (1922 – 2 July 1978) was a Greek novelist, poet and translator. Always on the Left and always unconventional ("I belong to the non-existent party of poets"), he is the author of a single novel (To kivotio - Mission Box ) which is widely considered to be among the classic modern Greek works in the second half of the 20th century.
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Anacreon,

Anacreon (Greek a, gen .: at) (582 BC – 485 BC) was a Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns. Later Greeks included him in the canonical list of nine lyric poets .
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Anagnostakis, Manolis

Manolis Anagnostakis (10 March 1925 – 23 June 2005) was a Greek poet and critic at the forefront of the Marxist and existentialist poetry movements arising during and after the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s. Anagnostakis was a leader amongst his contemporaries and influenced the generation of poets immediately after him. His poems have been honored in Greece 's national awards and arranged and sung by contemporary musicians. In spite of his accomplishments, Philip Ramp notes that Anagnostakis "is the least known, to an English speaking audience, of the major Greek poets of his generation." [1]
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Archilochus,

Archilochus, or, Archilochos (Ancient Greek : ) (c. 680–c. 645 BC) [ nb 1 ] was a Greek lyric poet from the island of Paros in the Archaic period. He is celebrated for his versatile and innovative use of poetic meters and as the earliest known Greek author to compose almost entirely on the theme of his own emotions and experiences. Alexandrian scholars included him in their canonic list of iambic poets, along with Semonides and Hipponax, yet ancient commentators also numbered him with Tyrtaeus and Callinus as the possible inventor of the elegy. However modern critics often characterize him simply as a lyric poet. Although his work now only survives in fragments, he was revered by the ancient Greeks as one of their most brilliant authors, able to be mentioned in the same breath as Homer and Hesiod, yet he was also censured by them as the archetypal poet of blame —his invectives were even said to have driven his former fiancee and her father to suicide. He presented himself as a man of few illusions either in war or in love, such as in the following elegy, where discretion is seen to be the better part of valour:
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Bacchylides,

Bacchylides (/ b ' k l d i z / ; Ancient Greek : ad ) (5th century BC) was a Greek lyric poet. Later Greeks included him in the canonical list of nine lyric poets which included his uncle Simonides. The elegance and polished style of his lyrics have been noted in Bacchylidean scholarship since at least Longinus (De Sublimitate 33,5). Some scholars, however, have characterized these qualities as superficial charm. He has often been compared unfavourably with his contemporary, Pindar, as "a kind of Boccherini to Pindar's Haydn ", yet the differences in their styles doesn't allow for easy comparison and "to blame Bacchylides for not being Pindar is as childish a judgement as to condemn... Marvel for missing the grandeur of Milton ." His career coincided with the ascendency of dramatic styles of poetry, as embodied in the works of Aeschylus or Sophocles, and he is in fact one of the last poets of major significance within the more ancient tradition of purely lyric poetry. The most notable features of his lyrics are their clarity in expression and simplicity of thought, making them an ideal introduction to the study of Greek lyric poetry in general and to Pindar's verse in particular.
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Bible, The

THE Holy Bible is a written revelation from the Sovereign Lord Jehovah to all people on this earth. This inspired book has global appeal, since it contains good news of a God-designed Messianic Kingdom that will establish peace and righteousness forever on a united Paradise earth. Fittingly, the complete Bible has been referred to as the Divine Library (Lat., Bibliotheca Divina), made up of 66 officially cataloged books that are accepted as the inspired guide for determining truth. While many divide the two major sections of the Bible into “The Old Testament” and “The New Testament,” we designate the first 39 books as the Hebrew Scriptures and the remaining 27 books as the Christian Greek Scriptures, basing such a decision on language rather than on a claimed “Testament” division.
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Broumas, Olga

Olga Broumas (born 6 May 1949, Hermoupolis), is a Greek poet, resident in the United States.. Greek poet living in the United States
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Callimachus,

Callimachus (/ k æ ' l m k s / ; Ancient Greek : aµa, Kallimachos ; 310/305–240 BC ) was a native of the Greek colony of Cyrene, Libya. He was a noted poet, critic and scholar at the Library of Alexandria and enjoyed the patronage of the Egyptian – Greek Pharaohs Ptolemy II Philadelphus and Ptolemy III Euergetes. Although he was never made chief librarian, he was responsible for producing a bibliographic survey based upon the contents of the Library. This, his Pinakes, 120 volumes long, provided the foundation for later work on the history of Greek literature. As one of the earliest critic-poets, he typifies Hellenistic scholarship.
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Cavafy, C P

Constantine P. Cavafy (also known as Konstantin or Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis, or Kavaphes ; Greek : stat. aßf ; April 29 (April 17, OS ), 1863 – April 29, 1933) was a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. His most important poetry was written after his fortieth birthday.
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Cavafy, Constantine P

Constantine P. Cavafy (also known as Konstantin or Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis, or Kavaphes ; Greek : stat. aßf ; April 29 (April 17, OS ), 1863 – April 29, 1933) was a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. His most important poetry was written after his fortieth birthday.
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Dimoula, Kiki

Kiki Dimoula (Greek : µ ; 19 June 1931, Athens ) is a Greek poet.
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Dimoulas, Athos

Athos Dimoulas (Greek : µ ) (Athens, Greece, 1921–1985) was an award-winning Greek poet. He studied civil engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and abroad (in Belgium, England and France), and worked for the Hellenic State Railways from 1944 to 1972. His collection of poems te a a was awarded the State Prize for Poetry in 1967.
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Elytis, Odysseus

Odysseas Elytis (Greek: dssa t; real name: Odysseas Alepoudellis, dssa epd) (November 2, 1911 – March 18, 1996) was a Greek poet regarded as a major exponent of poetic modernism in Greece. In 1979, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.. Greek poet
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Empeirikos, Andreas

Andreas Embirikos (Greek : da µpe ) (Braila, 2 September 1901 – Athens, 3 August 1975) was a Greek surrealist poet and the first Greek psychoanalyst.
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Engonopoulos, Nikos

Nikos Engonopoulos (Greek : p ; October 21, 1907 – October 31, 1985) was a modern Greek painter and poet. He is one of the most important members of "the generation of the '30s," as well as a major representative of the surrealist movement in Greece. [ citation needed ] His work as a writer also includes critique and essays.
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Ennius,

Quintus Ennius (c. 239 BC – c. 169 BC) was a writer during the period of the Roman Republic, and is often considered the father of Roman poetry. He was of Calabrian descent. Although only fragments of his works survive, his influence in Latin literature was significant, particularly in his use of Greek literary models.
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Euripides,

Euripides (/ j ' r p d i z / or / j ' r p d i z / ; Greek : pd ) (c. 480 – 406 BC) was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him but according to the Suda it was ninety-two at most. Of these, eighteen or nineteen have survived complete (there has been debate about his authorship of Rhesus, largely on stylistic grounds) and there are also fragments, some substantial, of most of the other plays. More of his plays have survived intact than those of Aeschylus and Sophocles together, partly due to mere chance and partly because his popularity grew as theirs declined —he became, in the Hellenistic Age, a cornerstone of ancient literary education, along with Homer, Demosthenes and Menander.
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Fokas, Nikos

Nikos Fokas (Greek : F ) is a Greek poet, essayist and translator.
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Fostieris, Antonis

Andonis Fostieris (Greek : t Fst ) (b. Athens 1953) is a Greek poet. He studied Law at the University of Athens and History of Law at Sorbonne, Paris. Since 1981, he is co-editor and director of the prestigious literary periodical .
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Gatsos, Nikos

Nikos Gatsos (Greek : Gts ; 8 December 1911, Asea – 12 May 1992, Athens ) was a Greek poet, translator and lyricist.
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Gogou, Katerina

Katerina Gogou (Greek : atea G ; 1 June 1940 – 3 October 1993) was a Greek anarchist 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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Gotsis, Demetris Th.

Demetris Th. Gotsis (Greek : µt T. Gts ) is a Greek poet and author residing in Cyprus. He was born October 26, 1945 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received musical education since his parents were trained opera singers.
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Hesiod,

Hesiod (/ ' h i s i d / or / ' h s i d / ; Greek : sd, IPA / s i o ð o s / Esíodos ) was a Greek poet generally thought by scholars to have been active between 750 and 650 BC, around the same time as Homer. His is the first European poetry in which the poet regards himself as a topic, an individual with a distinctive role to play. Ancient authors credited him and Homer with establishing Greek religious customs. Modern scholars refer to him as a major source on Greek mythology, farming techniques, early economic thought (he is sometimes identified as the first economist ), archaic Greek astronomy and ancient time -keeping.
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Homer,

Ancient Greek Epic Poet of the Odyssey and Iliad.
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Kakisis, Sotiris

Sotiris Kakisis (Greek : St as ; born 1954, Athens ) is a contemporary Greek poet. He is also a prolific translator, most notably of Ancient Greek lyric poetry (Alcaeus, Alcman, Sappho etc.). He has had a long career in journalism, excelling as an interviewer, has written song lyrics, and has scripted several films, notably director Giorgos Panousopoulos ' "Love Me Not" and "Athens Blues". His adaptations of Euripides ' " Medea " and Herondas ' "Mimiamboi" have been stage-produced by the State Theater of Norway and the Greek National Theater, respectively. He was also a water polo goalkeeper for the Nautical Club of Vouliagmeni .
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Kalvos, Andreas

Andreas Kalvos (Greek : da ß, also transliterated as Andreas Calvos; 1792 - November 3, 1869) was a Greek poet of the Romantic school. He published only two collections of poems - the Lyra of 1824 and the Lyrica of 1826. He was a contemporary of the poets Ugo Foscolo and Dionysios Solomos. No portrait of him is known.
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Karouzos, Nikos

Nikos Karouzos (Greek : a ) was a Greek modern poet. He was born in Nafplion in 1926 and died in Athens in 1990.
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Karyotakis, Kostas

Kostas Karyotakis (Greek : sta at, October 30, 1896 – July 20, 1928) is considered one of the most representative Greek poets of the 1920s and one of the first poets to use iconoclastic themes in Greece. His poetry conveys a great deal of nature, imagery and traces of expressionism and surrealism. The majority of Karyotakis' contemporaries viewed him in a dim light throughout his lifetime without a pragmatic accountability for their contemptuous views; for after his suicide, the majority began to revert to the view that he was indeed a great poet. He had a significant, almost disproportionately progressive influence on later Greek poets.
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Kavadias, Nikos

Nikos Kavvadias (Greek : aßßada ; January 11, 1910, Nikolsk-Ussuriysky – February 10, 1975, Athens ) was a Greek poet and writer; currently one of the most popular poets in Greece, who used his travels around the world as a sailor, and life at sea and its adventures, as powerful metaphors for the escape of ordinary people outside the boundaries of reality.
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Kavvadias, Nikos

Nikos Kavvadias (Greek: aßßada; January 11, 1910, Nikolsk-Ussuriysky – February 10, 1975, Athens) was a Greek poet and writer; currently one of the most popular poets in Greece, who used his travels around the world as a sailor, and life at sea and its adventures, as powerful metaphors for the escape of ordinary people outside the boundaries of reality.. Greek poet
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Kondos, Yannis

Yannis Kondos (Greek : G t ) (b. Aigio 1943) is an award winning Greek poet. He read Economics at the University of Piraeus (then Higher School for Industrial Studies). He founded the bookshop in 1971, along with Thanassis Niarchos. Since 1975, he has been working for Kedros publishers. He has also been professor of poetry for Kostas Kazakos ' School of Dramatic Art.
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Kraniotis, Dimitris

Dimitri. Kraniotis (gr. µt at, born 1950 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek dancer and poet who lives in France.
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Kraniotis, Dimitris P

Dimitris P Kraniotis: Greek poet. Dimitris P. Kraniotis poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Dimitris P. Kraniotis biography.
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Krasicki, Ignacy

Ignacy Krasicki (February 3, 1735 – March 14, 1801), from 1766 Prince-Bishop of Warmia (in German, Ermland) and from 1795 Archbishop of Gniezno (thus, Primate of Poland), was Poland's leading Enlightenment poet ("the Prince of Poets"), Poland's La Fontaine, author of the first Polish novel, playwright, journalist, encyclopedist, and translator from French and Greek.. Poland's leading Enlightenment poet; critic of the clergy author of the first Polish novel playwright journalist encyclopedist and translator
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Lapathiotis, Napoleon

Napoleon Lapathiotis (ap apat; 31 October 1888 – 7 January 1944) was a Greek poet. A native of Athens, he began writing and publishing poetry when he was eleven. In 1907, along with others, he established the Igiso (s, from the Attic Greek name Hegeso ) magazine, in which he published his works. In 1909, he graduated from the law school of the University of Athens. His first book of poems was published in 1939.
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Laskaratos, Andreas

Andreas Laskaratos (da asat, 1811–1901) was a satirical poet and writer from the Ionian island of Cefalonia or [Kefallinia]. He was excommunicated by the Greek Orthodox Church because his satire targeted many of the church's prominent members.
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Liontakis, Christoforos

Christoforos Liontakis (Greek : stf t ) (b. Heraklion, Crete 1945) is an award winning Greek poet and translator. He read Law at the University of Athens and Philosophy of Law at Sorbonne, Paris. His first collection of poems was published in 1973.
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Lyacos, Dimitris

Dimitris Lyacos (µt ) (born on October 19, 1966) is a contemporary Greek poet and playwright. He was born and raised in Athens where he studied Law. From 1988-1991 he lived in Venice, then moved to London, studied philosophy at University College London and stayed there for thirteen years. He is currently based in Berlin .
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Mastoraki, Jenny

Jenny Mastoraki (Greek : ast ) (b. Athens, 1949) is a Greek poet and translator. She read Philology at the University of Athens .
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Mátsas, Alexander

Alexandros A. Mátsas (Greek : ad tsa, 1911 – 1969) was a Greek poet and ambassador of Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece. After following courses on political science and classical studies at Oxford University, he entered the Greek diplomatic service in 1934. He served in various posts in Egypt, London, Paris, The Hague, and Rome, and was Royal Greek Ambassador to Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and the United States of America [1] .
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Moschus,

Moschus (Greek : s ), ancient Greek bucolic poet and student of the Alexandrian grammarian Aristarchus of Samothrace, was born at Syracuse and flourished about 150 BC. Aside from his poetry, he was known for his grammatical work, nothing of which survives.
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of Rhodes, Apollonius

Apollonius Rhodius, also known as Apollonius of Rhodes (Latin; Greek p d Apollnios Rhódios), early 3rd century BCE - after 246 BCE, was a poet, and a librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He is best known for his epic poem the Argonautica, which told the mythological story of Jason and the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece, and which is one of the chief works in the history of epic poetry.. poet and librarian at the Library of Alexandria
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Palamas, Kostis

Kostis Palamas (Greek : st aaµ ; 13 January  [ O.S. 8 January]  1859 – 27 February 1943 ) was a Greek poet who wrote the words to the Olympic Hymn. He was a central figure of the Greek literary generation of the 1880s and one of the cofounders of the so-called New Athenian School (or Palamian School, or Second Athenian School) along with Georgios Drosinis, Nikos Kampas, Ioanis Polemis .
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Palladas,

Palladas (flourished 4th century AD) was a Greek poet, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. All that is known about this poet has been deduced from his 151 epigrams preserved in the Greek Anthology. (Another twenty-three appear in that collection under his name, but his authorship is suspect). His poems describe the persona of a pagan schoolteacher resigned to life in a Christian city, and bitter about his wife to the point of misogyny .
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Pindar,

Pindar (Ancient Greek : da, Pindaros, pronounced  [píndaros] ; Latin : Pindarus ) (c. 522–443 BC), was an Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes. Of the canonical nine lyric poets of ancient Greece, his work is the best preserved. Quintilian wrote, "Of the nine lyric poets, Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures, the rich exuberance of his language and matter, and his rolling flood of eloquence, characteristics which, as Horace rightly held, make him inimitable." His poems however can also seem difficult and even peculiar. The Athenian comic playwright Eupolis once remarked that they "are already reduced to silence by the disinclination of the multitude for elegant learning". Some scholars in the modern age also found his poetry perplexing, at least up until the discovery in 1896 of some poems by his rival Bacchylides, when comparisons of their work showed that many of Pindar's idiosyncrasies are typical of archaic genres rather than of the poet himself. The brilliance of his poetry then began to be more widely appreciated. However his style still challenges the casual reader and he continues to be a much admired though largely unread poet.
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Polydouri, Maria

Maria Polydouri (Greek : aa d ) (1 April 1902 – 29 April 1930) was a Greek poet .
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Poulios, Lefteris

Lefteris Poulios (Greek : et ) (b. Athens 1944) is a Greek poet .
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Pythagoras,

Pythagoras of Samos was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. Pythagoras made influential contributions to philosophy and religious teaching in the late 6th century BC. He is often revered as a great mathematician, mystic and scientist, but he is best known for the Pythagorean theorem which bears his name.
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