Greek

With its large gamut of beautiful gods and goddesses, awe-inspiring mythical heroes and their stories on crusade, courage, and conquer and a civilization seeped in mythology and mystical, Greece has always been a thing of fancy for most people. And why not? Hellenic beauty, mythology and hospitability has always attracted plethora of attention, and mostly for the right reasons. But if you thought that Grecian charm was limited to just that, know that Greece has produced some truly world-class men and women too, who have left an indelible impression in the history of the world and how? From Olympian stalwarts and mighty conquerors to epic poets and enigmatic philosophers and from inspiring statesman and legendary lawmakers to avant-garde physicians and poignant painters, Greece has stamped its excellence in the world map with its inspiring lot of famous people. Let us all trail down the life, timeline, trivia and interesting facts in their equally enthusing biographies covered here.

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 1 Cleopatra

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Famous As: Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt
Birthdate: 0069 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 31, 0030

The last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and the last true pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra is described as an extremely beautiful woman who was also intelligent and educated with command over numerous languages. Her romance and military alliances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have inspired numerous art works.

 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a professional basketball player and plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He’s called ‘Greek Freak’ as he hails from Greece and also due to his size, speed and ball-handling skills. He was named NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice and NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. He represents Greece at the international level.

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 3 Aristotle

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0384 BC
Birthplace: Stagira, Greece
Died: 0322 BC

Famous Greek philosopher and scientist, Aristotle, made significant contributions to various fields of science and arts of his era–logic, biology, politics, economics, ethics and aesthetics. Along with Socrates and Plato, he laid much of the foundation of Western philosophy. Student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great, he founded Lyceum, the school of philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition.

 4 Plato

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0428 BC
Birthplace: Classical Athens
Died: 0348 BC

Plato was one of the most important Ancient Greek philosophers, who contributed greatly to the fields of mathematics, metaphysics, politics, art, and poetry. Along with his famous student Aristotle and equally famous teacher Socrates, Plato is considered one of the founders of spirituality and Western religion. Platonism remains one of his important contributions.

 5 Socrates

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0470 BC
Birthplace: Athens
Died: 0399 BC

A famous Greek philosopher, Socrates is credited with founding Western philosophy along with other popular philosophers of his time. An enigmatic figure, most of his work is documented by his famous student Plato. Socrates is widely regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of all time as he had a strong influence on the philosophers of the modern era.

 6 Tommy Lee

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Best known as the drummer and founding member of the bands Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee Bass has been riddled with major controversies and has even spent time in jail for spousal abuse. Brash and bold, he has also been named to VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists list.

 7 Pythagoras

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Famous As: Philosopher and Mathematician
Birthdate: 0570 BC
Birthplace: Samos
Died: 0495 BC

Pythagoras was an Ionian Greek philosopher. He is credited with many scientific and mathematical discoveries, including the Sphericity of the Earth, the Theory of Proportions, the five regular solids, Pythagorean tuning, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Pythagoras influenced other philosophers like Plato and Aristotle. His philosophy also had a major impact on personalities like Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, and Nicolaus Copernicus.

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 8 Spartacus

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Thracian Gladiator
Birthdate: 0109 BC
Birthplace: Thrace
Died: 0071 BC
Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who led the slave revolt called the Third Servile War, against the Roman Republic. However, historical accounts differ in their portrayal of Spartacus. He has inspired scores of books, films, and series, one of them being a Stanley Kubrick movie based on Howard Fast's novel.

 9 Zach Galifianakis

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

 10 Archimedes

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Famous As: Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Physicist, Astronomer
Birthdate: 0287 BC
Birthplace: Syracuse, Italy
Died: 0212 BC
Greek mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Archimedes is remembered for his contribution to mathematics, especially geometry. He laid down theorems related to the area of a circle, and the area and volume of a sphere, and reached an accurate value of pi. He also invented machines such as the screw pump.

 11 Homer

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Greek author
Birthdate: 0800 BC
Birthplace: Greece
Died: 0701 BC
Homer, a legendary poet from the 8th century B.C., authored the Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey. However, the Homeric Question raises doubts regarding the existence of the poet. Some assume the epics were written by a single blind bard, while others believe they were created by multiple authors.

 12 Saint Nicholas

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Christian Saint
Birthdate: March 15, 0270
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Patara
Died: December 6, 0343
Fourth-century Greek Christian bishop Saint Nicholas gave rise to the legend of "Santa Claus," associated with the tradition of gifting during Christmas. One legend states that he saved three girls from prostitution and dropped sacks of gold coins through their window to help their father pay for their dowry.

 13 Leonidas I

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Famous As: King of Ancient Sparta
Birthdate: 0540 BC
Birthplace: Sparta, Greece
Died: August 11, 0480

Leonidas I was the king of the Greek city-state of Sparta from 489–480 BCE. He was the son of King Anaxandridas II. He is remembered for his participation in the Second Persian War, especially for his leadership at the Battle of Thermopylae. He died at the battle, gaining legendary status as the leader of the 300 Spartans.

 14 Euclid

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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician - Euclidean Geometry, Euclid's Elements and Euclidean Algorithm
Birthdate: 0330 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria
Died: 0260 BC
Greek mathematician Euclid, also known as Euclid of Alexandria, is remembered as the father of geometry. One of his most significant works was his book on mathematics, Elements. He had worked extensively on conic sections, spherical geometry, and number theory.

 15 Herodotus

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Famous As: The Father of History
Birthdate: 0483 BC
Birthplace: Halicarnassus
Died: 0425 BC

Herodotus was a Greek historian credited with writing a book titled The Histories, a detailed record on the genesis of the Greco-Persian Wars. Dubbed the Father of History, Herodotus is widely believed to have been the first person to write about historical events based on information gathered about the events through a method of systematic investigation.

 16 Hippocrates

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 0460 BC
Birthplace: Kos, Ancient Greece
Died: 0370 BC
Hippocrates, or Hippocrates II, also known as the "Father of Medicine,” founded the Hippocratic School of Medicine, which heralded the professional practice of medicine. He also laid down the Hippocratic Oath, an oath still taken by doctors all over the world. His teachings were primarily collated in the Hippocratic Corpus.

 17 Maria Callas

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: One of the most famous opera singers of the 20th century
Birthdate: December 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: September 16, 1977
Greek soprano Maria Callas, also known as “La Divina,” is considered one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner was also in the news for her affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, her rivalry with Renata Tebaldi, and her gradually declining vocal ability.

 18 John Cassavetes

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 3, 1989
John Cassavetes is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performance in The Dirty Dozen and for his Academy Award-nominated screenplay and direction in Faces and A Woman Under the Influence, respectively. His movies explored the cinéma verité style of filmmaking and included frequent collaborations with his wife, Gena Rowlands.
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 19 Aphrodite

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Greek Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 20 Athena

Athena
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 21 Diogenes Of Sinope

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0412 BC
Birthplace: Sinop, Turkey
Died: 0323 BC

Diogenes Of Sinope was a pioneer of Cynic philosophy. It is believed he had expressed his wish to be thrown out of the city after his death, so that animals could eat his corpse. He believed humans needed to learn how to live without fuss and with honesty like dogs.

 22 Apollo

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: God of archery
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 23 Aristotle Onassis

Aristotle Onassis.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Business magnate
Birthdate: January 15, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Smyrna, Ottoman Empire
Died: March 15, 1975

A Greek shipping magnate who was one of the world's richest men at one point, Aristotle Onassis held the world's largest privately-owned shipping fleet at the peak of his career. He was involved in the privatization of the Greek national airlines as well. He had liaisons with many famous and beautiful women and was married to Jacqueline Kennedy.

 24 Artemis

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Greek goddess of the hunt
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 25 Saint George

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Christian martyr
Birthdate: 0280 AD
Birthplace: Cappadocia
Died: April 23, 0303

Saint George was a Christian soldier in the Roman army who is accepted as a saint in Christianity. He was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith and was executed by decapitation, according to Greek tradition.  Saint George's Day is celebrated in his memory on 23 April. He is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.

 26 Aeschylus

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Greek Tragedian
Birthdate: 0525 BC
Birthplace: Eleusis
Died: 0456 BC
Aeschylus is credited with pioneering the trend of using multiple characters in theater, allowing them to interact among themselves, instead of the chorus. He is best remembered for his tragedies, most notably The Persians, the trilogy The Oresteia, and Prometheus Bound. His works were awarded at the City Dionysia.

 27 Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek to win any ATP World Tour title, with his 2018 Stockholm Open win. He is the youngest player to be featured on ATP’s top 10 list and has recorded a career-high global ranking of No. 5, thus becoming the highest-ranked Greek tennis player ever.

 28 Maria Menounos

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

 29 Elia Kazan

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Famous As: Director, Actor, Producer
Birthdate: September 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Greece (modern day Istanbul, Turkey)
Died: September 28, 2003

Elia Kazan was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and celebrated directors in Hollywood and Broadway history, Kazan played a key role in launching the careers of actors like Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and James Dean. His work has also influenced other prominent filmmakers like Martin Scorsese.

 30 Medusa

Medusa
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 31 Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Daughter of Zeus
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 32 Heraclitus

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0535 BC
Birthplace: Ephesus
Died: 0475 BC
Greek philosopher Heraclitus belonged to the city of Ephesus, then part of the Persian Empire. He earned the nickname The Obscure for his use of paradoxical wordplay. His only available work, On Nature, survives in fragments. Also known as the Weeping Philosopher, he influenced later philosophers such as Plato.

 33 Eratosthenes

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 0276 BC
Birthplace: Cyrene, Greece
Died: 0195 BC

Greek polymath Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a mathematician, poet, geographer, music theorist, and astronomer. He also served as the Library of Alexandria’s chief librarian. He was also the first to calculate the Earth’s circumference and the tilt of the Earth's axis. Nicknamed Pentathlos, he also invented many scientific terms.

 34 Persephone

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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 35 Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Greek basketball player Thanasis Antetokounmpo, older brother of NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo, plays for the NBA team Milwaukee Bucks. Known as “The Greek Streak” and “The Elevator,” he was chosen to play for the Nigerian team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he chose to play for Greece instead.

 36 Sophocles

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Ancient Greek Poet
Birthdate: 0496 BC
Birthplace: Hippeios Colonus, Athens, Greece

Sophocles was an ancient Greek writer. He is one among three tragedians from his era whose plays have survived. Sophocles was the most decorated and celebrated playwright for almost five decades, during which he won 24 out of 30 dramatic competitions, which took place in the city-state of Athens during the religious festivals of the Dionysia and the Lenaea.

 37 Mermaid

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greee

 38 Ares

Ares
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: God
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 39 Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: June 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Tatoi, Greece
Died: November 16, 1937

 40 Hera

Hera
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 41 Plutarch

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Famous As: Philosopher, Historian, Biographer, Essayist, & Middle Platonist
Birthdate: 0045 AD
Birthplace: Chaeronea, Greece
Died: 0120 AD

Plutarch was a Greek philosopher, essayist, biographer, and historian. He also served as the priest at the Temple of Apollo. He is best remembered for his work Parallel Lives, a series of 48 biographies of noteworthy men. His writings had a huge influence on French and English literature. Writers like Shakespeare were influenced by his works.

 42 Hephaestus

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Son of Zeus
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 43 Epicurus

Epicurus.
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Famous As: Greek Philosopher
Birthdate: January 31, 0341
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Samos, Greece
Died: 0270 BC

Greek philosopher Epicurus is remembered for establishing a school of philosophy known as Epicureanism. He believed that people could achieve ataraxia and aponia, freedom from fear and pain, unless they indulged in amoral behavior. He established a school named The Garden in Athens, where students could discuss philosophical ideas.

 44 Sappho

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0630 BC
Birthplace: Lesbos, Greece
Died: 0580 BC
Sappho was a lyric poet from Lesbos, in the 6th-7th century B.C. Known as the “Tenth Muse,” she wrote the Ode to Aphrodite and the Tithonus poem. Though her sexuality is still debated, she gave rise to the terms “sapphic” and “lesbian,” used to denote love and desire between women. 

 45 Yanni

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Pianist, Keyboardist, Music Composer
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kalamata

Yanni is a Greek keyboardist, pianist, composer, and music producer. He achieved international recognition by organizing and producing concerts at historic monuments, such as Taj Mahal, Burj Khalifa, and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Adhering to his one world, one people philosophy, Yanni works with musicians of various nationalities to create music that incorporates an eclectic fusion of ethnic sounds.

 46 Pericles

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First Citizen of Democratic Athens
Birthdate: 0494 BC
Birthplace: Athens
Died: 0429 BC

Pericles was an influential and prominent Greek statesman and orator. He also served as the general of Athens during fifth-century Athens, which came to be known as the Golden Age of Athens. Thanks to his efforts, Athens became known as the cultural and educational center of the ancient Greek world. Pericles is also credited with beautifying and protecting the city.

 47 Nymph

Nymph
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 48 Hecate

Hecate
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 49 Demeter

Demeter
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 50 El Greco

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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heraklion, Crete
Died: April 7, 1614
Artist Doménikos Theotokópoulos never let anyone forget his Greek heritage and almost always signed his art in Greek letters. Popularly known as El Greco, he was a significant figure of the Spanish Renaissance. His best-known works remain The Burial of the Count of Orgaz and The Assumption of the Virgin.