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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 163,812 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Nonnus is the 792nd most popular writer (up from 821st in 2019), the 150th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 138th 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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Among writers, Nonnus ranks 792 out of 5,755Before him are Arrigo Boito, Alejo Carpentier, Johann Kaspar Lavater, Fyodor Tyutchev, Ibn Hawqal, and Wole Soyinka. After him are Juliette Récamier, Max Jacob, Virginia Satir, Neale Donald Walsch, Julian Barnes, and Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné.

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Among people born in 500, Nonnus ranks 9Before him are Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Totila, Pope Vigilius, Sigismund of Burgundy, Peroz I, and Basiliscus. After him are Yazdegerd II, Ambrosius Aurelianus, Ildico, Antipope Dioscorus, Gundobad, and Antipope Laurentius. Among people deceased in 500, Nonnus ranks 3Before him are Vātsyāyana and Chandragupta II. After him are Zu Chongzhi, Buddhaghosa, Charaton, Hesychius of Alexandria, Rutilius Claudius Namatianus, Anthemius, Asclepigenia, Faustus of Byzantium, and Aedesia.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Nonnus ranks 150 out of 582Before him are Mentuhotep I (-2200), Intef I (-2200), Ptolemy Keraunos (-318), Ptolemy XI Alexander II (-100), Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (1923), and Faten Hamama (1931). After him are Smendes (-1200), Dodi Fayed (1955), Adly Mansour (1945), Apries (-650), Arsinoe IV of Egypt (-68), and Mohamed Al-Fayed (1929).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Nonnus ranks 10Before him are Appian (95), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Athenaeus (200), and Claudian (370). After him are Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Taha Hussein (1889), Dionysius Thrax (-170), Achilles Tatius (200), Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888), and Ahmed Shawqi (1868).