Famous Greek Playwrights

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Aeschylus
(Tragedian)
Aeschylus
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Birthdate: 0525 BC
Birthplace: Eleusis, Greece
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.
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Sophocles
(Tragedian)
Sophocles
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Birthdate: 0497 BC
Birthplace: Colonus, Athens, Greece
Died: 0406 BC

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.

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Aristophanes
(Playwright)
Aristophanes
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Birthdate: 0446 BC
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 0386 BC
Known widely as the Father of Comedy, Greek playwright Aristophanes had contributed to the Old Comedy genre. His works, peppered with satire, mirror the ancient Athenian life. He won the City Dionysia drama contest with his play The Babylonians. He was also in trouble for caricaturing Cleon in his plays.
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Euripides
(One of the Most Famous Greek Tragedians)
Euripides
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Birthdate: 0480 AD
Birthplace: Salamis, Greece
Died: 0406 AD

One of the three ancient Greek tragedians, together with Sophocles and Aeschylus, Euripides wrote around 92 plays, out of which 18 or 19 have survived intact. He is known for theatrical innovations that influenced modern drama as well. This particularly includes his representation of mythical heroes as common people in exceptional circumstances. His notable works include Hippolytus, Alcestis and Medea.

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Yannis Ritsos
(Poet and communist and an active member of the Greek Resistance during World War II)
Yannis Ritsos
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Birthdate: May 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monemvasia, Greece
Died: November 11, 1990

Yannis Ritsos was a Greek poet best remembered for his association with politics. A communist, Ritsos played an active role during World War II as part of the Greek Resistance. Consequentially, he was often referred to as "the great poet of the Greek left." However, today, Yannis Ritsos is often counted among the greatest Greek poets of the 20th century.

Angelos Sikelianós
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Birthdate: March 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leucas, Greece
Died: June 19, 1951

One of the greatest Greek poets of the 20th century, Angelos Sikelianós is remembered for his poems such as The Light-Shadowed and Mother of God. His tragedies, such as Sibylla and Daedalus in Crete, are know for their lyrics and drama. He and his wife, Eva, also started the Delphic Festival.

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Kostís Palamás
(Greek poet)
Kostís Palamás
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Birthdate: January 13, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pátrai, Greece
Died: February 27, 1943

Part of the Demotic movement of the late 1800s, Greek poet Kostís Palamás later pioneered the new school of Athens, also known as the Palamian School, which rejected the traditional literary styles and introduced a significant restraint. He is remembered for his works such as Trisevgene and Asalefte Zoe.

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Lycophron
(Poet)
Lycophron
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Birthplace: Chalcis, Greece

A Greek tragic poet, grammarian, sophist and commentator on comedy, Lycophron is most recognised for the traditional attribution to him of the extant poem Alexandra. He wrote a treatise on comedy and several tragedies which got him a place in the Pleiad of Alexandrian tragedians, a group of seven Alexandrian poets and tragedians in the court of Ptolemy II Philadelphus.

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Eupolis
(Athenian poet)
Eupolis
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Birthdate: 0446 AD
Birthplace: Athens
Died: 0411 AD

One of the best-known Athenian poets, Eupolis belonged to the Old Comedy tradition. It is believed Eupolis and Aristophanes were initially friends but they later turned rivals. He rose to fame during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. The Demes remains one of his most significant works.

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Epicharmus of Kos
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Birthdate: 0460 AD
Birthplace: Sikanian city, Greek
Died: 0550 AD

Known as the pioneer of Sicilian, or Dorian, Comedy, Greek poet and dramatist Epicharmus of Kos finds mention in the works of authors such as Athenaeus and Suda. Known for his broad range of subjects, he didn’t just stick to poetry or plays but also wrote on medicine, philosophy, and linguistics.

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Andreas Kalvos
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Birthdate: April 1, 1792
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zakynthos, Greece
Died: November 3, 1869

Greek poet Andreas Kalvos is best remembered for his works such as Lira and Neas Odas. Part of the Ionian, also known as the Heptanese or Romantic school of Greek poetry, he introduced Italian Neoclassical elements to Greek literature, as he was born and raised in Italy.

Iakovos Kambanellis
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Birthdate: December 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Naxos, Greece
Died: March 29, 2011

Iakovos Kambanellis was a Greek playwright, screenwriter, poet, lyricist, and novelist. Widely regarded as the father of modern Greek theater, Kambanellis is also considered one of the most important Greek playwrights of the 20th century. In 2000, Iakovos Kambanellis was honored by the President of the Greek Republic with the prestigious medal of the Order of Phoenix.