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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 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 288,001 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Alcaeus of Mytilene is the 261st most popular writer (up from 520th in 2019), the 77th most popular biography from Greece (up from 128th in 2019) and the 10th 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 261 out of 5,755Before him are Bartolomé de las Casas, Halldór Laxness, Dario Fo, Henrik Pontoppidan, Frédéric Mistral, and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. After him are Jaroslav Hašek, Alfonso X of Castile, Henry Miller, Carlo Goldoni, William Golding, and Jordanes.

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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 1After him are Thespis, Myia, Alyattes of Lydia, Dorieus, and Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Alcaeus of Mytilene ranks 77 out of 936Before him are Seleucus I Nicator (-358), Nana Mouskouri (1934), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Clement of Alexandria (150), Lysippos (-390), and Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284). After him are Paul of Greece (1901), Pope Dionysius (200), Hippias (-443), Galla Placidia (388), Hephaestion (-356), and Archilochus (-680).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Alcaeus of Mytilene ranks 10Before him are Aristophanes (-448), Euripides (-480), Sappho (-630), Pindar (-517), Menander (-342), and Nikos Kazantzakis (1883). After him are Archilochus (-680), Simonides of Ceos (-556), Nâzım Hikmet (1902), Arion (-700), Lysias (-445), and Phaedrus (-20).