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Pindar (; Greek: Πίνδαρος Pindaros, [píndaros]; Latin: Pindarus; c. 518 BC – c. 438 BC) was an Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes. Of the canonical nine lyric poets of ancient Greece, his work is the best preserved. Quintilian wrote, "Of the nine lyric poets, Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures, the rich exuberance of his language and matter, and his rolling flood of eloquence, characteristics which, as Horace rightly held, make him inimitable." His poems can also, however, seem difficult and even peculiar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pindar has received more than 899,186 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 63 in 2019). Pindar is the 147th most popular writer (up from 153rd in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from Greece (down from 39th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Greek Writer.

Pindar is most famous for his odes, a type of lyric poetry.

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  • 62

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  • 2.96

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Among writers, Pindar ranks 147 out of 5,755Before him are Kālidāsa, Mikhail Bulgakov, Aldous Huxley, Guillaume Apollinaire, Emily Brontë, and Murasaki Shikibu. After him are Elias Canetti, Ivo Andrić, Eugène Ionesco, Heinrich Böll, Joseph Conrad, and André Breton.

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Among people born in 517 BC, Pindar ranks 1 Among people deceased in 437 BC, Pindar ranks 1

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Pindar ranks 47 out of 936Before him are Aristarchus of Samos (-311), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Leucippus (-500), Alcibiades (-450), Peisistratos (-600), and Draco (-650). After him are Mikis Theodorakis (1925), Praxiteles (-395), Olympias (-375), Handan Sultan (1574), Theophrastus (-371), and Menander (-342).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Pindar ranks 7Before him are Homer (-800), Sophocles (-497), Aeschylus (-525), Aristophanes (-448), Euripides (-480), and Sappho (-630). After him are Menander (-342), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620), Archilochus (-680), Simonides of Ceos (-556), and Nâzım Hikmet (1902).