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Athenaeus of Naucratis (; Ancient Greek: Ἀθήναιος ὁ Nαυκρατίτης or Nαυκράτιος, Athēnaios Naukratitēs or Naukratios; Latin: Athenaeus Naucratita) was a Greek rhetorician and grammarian, flourishing about the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd century AD. The Suda says only that he lived in the times of Marcus Aurelius, but the contempt with which he speaks of Commodus, who died in 192, implies that he survived that emperor. He was a contemporary of Adrantus. Athenaeus himself states that he was the author of a treatise on the thratta, a kind of fish mentioned by Archippus and other comic poets, and of a history of the Syrian kings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Athenaeus has received more than 293,029 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Athenaeus is the 470th most popular writer (down from 452nd in 2019), the 92nd most popular biography from Egypt (down from 84th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Egyptian Writer.

Athenaeus is most famous for his Deipnosophistae, a work in which he wrote about the culture of the ancient Greeks.

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Notable Works

Banquete De Los Eruditos
Athenaeus (ca. 170-ca. 230 CE), a Greek of Naucratis in Egypt, lived in Rome and wrote a historical work now lost. Of the fifteen books of his surviving "Deipnosophists" ('Sophists at Dinner'), the first two and parts of the third, eleventh, and fifteenth exist only in summary, the rest apparently complete. In it he pretends to tell a friend about a banquet at a scholar's house whither the learned guests brought extracts from poetry for recitation and discussion. Much of the matter however concerns the food provided and accessories. One learns about cooks, strange dishes, wines, menu cards, and countless other matters. Athenaeus was an antiquarian. The whole work, which mentions nearly eight hundred writers and two thousand five hundred writings, is a large treasury of information not only about table matters but also music, dances, games, and all sorts of literary subjects. And it abounds in quotations, mostly made direct by Athenaeus himself, from authors whose writings have not survived. The Loeb Classical Library edition of "The Deipnosophists" is in seven volumes. There is a comprehensive index in the final volume.
The Deipnosophists
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Over the past year Athenaeus has had the most page views in the with 38,622 views, followed by Spanish (20,802), and German (10,332). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Icelandic (75.72%), Esperanto (72.79%), and Armenian (69.68%)


Among writers, Athenaeus ranks 470 out of 7,302Before him are Saint-John Perse, John Galsworthy, Eyvind Johnson, Margaret Atwood, Traudl Junge, and Jules Michelet. After him are Louise de La Vallière, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Livius Andronicus, Milena Jesenská, Verner von Heidenstam, and Natsume Sōseki.

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Among people born in 200, Athenaeus ranks 10Before him are Pope Cornelius, Cyprian, Pope Dionysius, Pope Stephen I, Pope Fabian, and Hua Tuo. After him are Celsus, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Marcus Claudius Tacitus, Zhang Jue, Wei Yan, and Sasan. Among people deceased in 223, Athenaeus ranks 3Before him are Liu Bei, and Pope Callixtus I. After him are Cao Ren, Jia Xu, Zhou Tai, and Cao Zhang.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Athenaeus ranks 92 out of 642Before him are Eric Hobsbawm (1917), Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1926), Maria al-Qibtiyya (600), Paul of Thebes (227), Isma'il Pasha (1830), and Saint Sarah (100). After him are Saint Menas (285), Userkaf (-2600), Adly Mansour (1945), Cleopatra III of Egypt (-161), Pappus of Alexandria (290), and Mary of Egypt (344).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Athenaeus ranks 8Before him are Sayyid Qutb (1906), Appian (95), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), and Constantine P. Cavafy (1863). After him are Claudian (370), Nonnus (500), Taha Hussein (1889), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Dionysius Thrax (-170), and Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888).