The Most Famous

WRITERS from Libya

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This page contains a list of the greatest Libyan Writers. The pantheon dataset contains 5,794 Writers, 2 of which were born in Libya. This makes Libya the birth place of the 104th most number of Writers behind Tajikistan and Sudan.

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The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Libyan Writers of all time. This list of famous Libyan Writers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Callimachus (-310 - -240)

With an HPI of 76.15, Callimachus is the most famous Libyan Writer.  His biography has been translated into 47 different languages on wikipedia.

Callimachus (Ancient Greek: Καλλίμαχος, romanized: Kallimachos; c. 310 – c. 240 BC) was an ancient Greek poet, scholar and librarian who was active in Alexandria during the 3rd century BC. A representative of Ancient Greek literature of the Hellenistic period, he wrote over 800 literary works in a wide variety of genres, most of which did not survive. He espoused an aesthetic philosophy, known as Callimacheanism, which exerted a strong influence on the poets of the Roman Empire and, through them, on all subsequent Western literature. Born into a prominent family in the Greek city of Cyrene in modern-day Libya, he was educated in Alexandria, the capital of the Ptolemaic kings of Egypt. After working as a schoolteacher in the city, he came under the patronage of King Ptolemy II Philadelphus and was employed at the Library of Alexandria where he compiled the Pinakes, a comprehensive catalogue of all Greek literature. He is believed to have lived into the reign of Ptolemy III Euergetes. Although Callimachus wrote prolifically in prose and poetry, only a small number of his poetical texts have been preserved. His main works are the Aetia, a four-book aetiological poem, six religious hymns, around 60 epigrams, a collection of satirical iambs, and a narrative poem entitled Hecale. Callimachus shared many characteristics with his Alexandrian contemporaries Aratus, Apollonius of Rhodes and Theocritus, but professed to adhere to a unique style of poetry: favouring small, recondite and even obscure topics, he dedicated himself to small-scale poetry and refused to write longwinded epic poetry, the most prominent literary art of his day. Callimachus and his aesthetic philosophy became an important point of reference for Roman poets of the late Republic and the early Empire. Catullus, Horace, Vergil, Propertius, and Ovid saw his poetry as one of their "principal model[s]" and engaged with it in a variety of ways. Modern classical scholars view him as one of the most influential Greek poets. According to the Hellenist Kathryn Gutzwiller, he "reinvented Greek poetry for the Hellenistic age by devising a personal style that came, through its manifestations in Roman poetry, to influence the entire tradition of modern literature".

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2. Ibrahim Kuni (1948 - )

With an HPI of 56.76, Ibrahim Kuni is the 2nd most famous Libyan Writer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Ibrāhīm Kūnī (sometimes translated as Ibrāhīm al-Kōnī) (Arabic: ابراهيم الكوني) is a Libyan writer and one of the most prolific Arab novelists.

Pantheon has 2 people classified as writers born between 310 BC and 1948. Of these 2, 1 (50.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living writers include Ibrahim Kuni. The most famous deceased writers include Callimachus. As of October 2020, 1 new writers have been added to Pantheon including Ibrahim Kuni.

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