185 BC - 159 BC

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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 170–160 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 746,576 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia. Terence is the 178th most popular writer (down from 171st in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Tunisia (up from 6th in 2019) 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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  • 79.84

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  • 56

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.17

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.76

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Terence ranks 178 out of 5,794Before him are Menander, Geoffrey Chaucer, François-René de Chateaubriand, Dale Carnegie, Constantine VII, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. After him are Naguib Mahfouz, John Milton, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, John the Evangelist, Diogenes Laërtius, and Khalil Gibran.

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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 163Before him are Hannibal (-183), Ibn Khaldun (1332), Claudia Cardinale (1938), and Tertullian (155). After him are Hamilcar Barca (-275), Cyprian (200), Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936), Aemilianus (207), Habib Bourguiba (1903), Gordian II (190), and Hasdrubal Barca (-300).

Among WRITERS In Tunisia

Among writers born in Tunisia, Terence ranks 1After him are Avienus (305), Albert Memmi (1920), Gisèle Halimi (1927), Ibn Manzur (1233), Nemesianus (300), Dracontius (455), and Ahlam Mosteghanemi (1953).