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Publius Terentius Afer (; c. 195/185 – c. 159? BC), better known in English as Terence (), was a Roman African playwright during the Roman Republic. His comedies were performed for the first time around 166–160 BC. Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Terence has received more than 822,273 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia. Terence is the 192nd most popular writer (down from 178th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Tunisia and the most popular Tunisian Writer.

Terence is most famous for his comedies. He is also known for his translations of Greek plays.

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  • 2.81

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Terence ranks 192 out of 5,755Before him are John Steinbeck, Orhan Pamuk, Mario Vargas Llosa, Svetlana Alexievich, Quintilian, and Snorri Sturluson. After him are Karen Blixen, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Tristan Tzara, Ian Fleming, Osamu Dazai, and Emily Dickinson.

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Among people born in 185 BC, Terence ranks 1After him are Scipio Aemilianus, Cleopatra II of Egypt, Panaetius, and Andriscus. Among people deceased in 159 BC, Terence ranks 1After him are Eumenes II, Artaxias I, Pharnaces I of Pontus, Sauromaces I of Iberia, and Kātyāyana.

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In Tunisia

Among people born in Tunisia, Terence ranks 5 out of 179Before him are Hannibal (-183), Ibn Khaldun (1332), Claudia Cardinale (1938), and Tertullian (155). After him are Cyprian (200), Hamilcar Barca (-275), Habib Bourguiba (1903), Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936), Hasdrubal Barca (-300), Masinissa (-238), and Hanno the Navigator (-633).

Among WRITERS In Tunisia

Among writers born in Tunisia, Terence ranks 1After him are Avienus (305), Albert Memmi (1920), Gisèle Halimi (1927), Dracontius (455), Nemesianus (300), Aboul-Qacem Echebbi (1909), and Ahlam Mosteghanemi (1953).