Alcaeus of Mytilene

620 BC - 560 BC

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Alcaeus of Mytilene (; Ancient Greek: Ἀλκαῖος ὁ Μυτιληναῖος, Alkaios ho Mutilēnaios; c. 625/620 – c. 580 BC) was a lyric poet from the Greek island of Lesbos who is credited with inventing the Alcaic stanza. He was included in the canonical list of nine lyric poets by the scholars of Hellenistic Alexandria. He was a contemporary and an alleged lover of Sappho, with whom he may have exchanged poems. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alcaeus of Mytilene has received more than 202,421 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Alcaeus of Mytilene is the 520th most popular writer (down from 480th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from Greece (down from 119th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Greek Writer.

Alcaeus of Mytilene is most famous for being a lyric poet in ancient Greece. He was born in Mytilene and was one of the Nine Lyric Poets.

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Among writers, Alcaeus of Mytilene ranks 520 out of 5,794Before him are Marina Tsvetaeva, Milena Jesenská, Michel Houellebecq, Charles, Duke of Orléans, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Lorenzo Da Ponte. After him are Ágota Kristóf, René Guénon, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Ismail Kadare, Gabriela Mistral, and Grazia Deledda.

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Among people born in 620 BC, Alcaeus of Mytilene ranks 2Before him is Aesop. After him is Sushruta. Among people deceased in 560 BC, Alcaeus of Mytilene ranks 2Before him is Thespis. After him are Alyattes of Lydia, Dorieus, Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis, and Opiter Verginius Tricostus.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Alcaeus of Mytilene ranks 128 out of 855Before him are Cleon (-450), Epimenides (-690), Thespis (-600), Phryne (-371), Cratylus (-500), and Callicrates (-470). After him are Ioannis Metaxas (1871), Melina Mercouri (1920), Costa-Gavras (1933), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), Saint Titus (13), and Agesilaus II (-444).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Alcaeus of Mytilene ranks 15Before him are Nâzım Hikmet (1902), Simonides of Ceos (-556), Archilochus (-680), Phaedrus (-20), Lysias (-445), and Arion (-700). After him are Tyrtaeus (-700), Longus (110), Demetrius Vikelas (1835), Periander (-700), Odysseas Elytis (1911), and Epicharmus of Kos (-524).