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Nonnus of Panopolis (Greek: Νόννος ὁ Πανοπολίτης, Nónnos ho Panopolítēs, fl. 5th century CE) was the most notable Greek epic poet of the Imperial Roman era. He was a native of Panopolis (Akhmim) in the Egyptian Thebaid and probably lived in the 5th century CE. He is known as the composer of the Dionysiaca, an epic tale of the god Dionysus, and of the Metabole, a paraphrase of the Gospel of John. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nonnus has received more than 171,280 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Nonnus is the 712th most popular writer (up from 791st in 2019), the 143rd most popular biography from Egypt (up from 149th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Egyptian Writer.

Nonnus is most famous for his epic poem Dionysiaca, which is a long narrative poem about the life of Dionysus.

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  • 33

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.16

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  • 2.26

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Nonni Panopolitani Paraphrasis s. Evangelii Ioannei
Bible, Greek Paraphrases, Paraphrases, Greek
Accessible book, Dionysus (Greek deity), Dionysus (Greek deity) in literature
Dionysiacorum libri XLVIII
Dionysus (Greek deity), Poetry, Greek language materials
Les Dionysiaques, tome 6, Chants XIV-XVII
Parafrasi del Vangelo di S. Giovanni
Bible, Early works to 1800, Greek Paraphrases


Among writers, Nonnus ranks 712 out of 7,302Before him are Louise Hay, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Agathias, Oliver Sacks, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, and Ivan Krylov. After him are Dalton Trumbo, Veronica Franco, Alain-René Lesage, Milorad Pavić, Alfred de Vigny, and Emilio Salgari.

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Among people born in 500, Nonnus ranks 8Before him are Theodora, Totila, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Pope Vigilius, Peroz I, and Basiliscus. After him are Sigismund of Burgundy, Yazdegerd II, Ildico, Gundobad, Balash, and Priscian. Among people deceased in 500, Nonnus ranks 1After him are Zu Chongzhi, Vātsyāyana, Chandragupta II, Buddhaghosa, Hesychius of Alexandria, Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, Hierocles of Alexandria, Faustus of Byzantium, Charaton, Asclepigenia, and Aedesia.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Nonnus ranks 143 out of 642Before him are Claudian (370), Cleopatra IV of Egypt (-138), Mentuhotep I (-2200), Zahi Hawass (1947), Mohammed Badie (1943), and Theon of Alexandria (335). After him are Aybak (1197), Sa'id of Egypt (1822), Senenmut (-1600), Intef I (-2200), Nawal El Saadawi (1931), and Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (1923).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Nonnus ranks 10Before him are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Athenaeus (200), and Claudian (370). After him are Taha Hussein (1889), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Dionysius Thrax (-170), Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888), Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy (1928), and Achilles Tatius (200).