712 BC - 645 BC

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Terpander (Greek: Τέρπανδρος Terpandros), of Antissa in Lesbos, was a Greek poet and citharede who lived about the first half of the 7th century BC. He was the father of Greek music and through it, of lyric poetry, although his own poetical compositions were few and in extremely simple rhythms. He simplified rules of the modes of singing of other neighboring countries and islands and formed, out of these syncopated variants, a conceptual system. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Terpander has received more than 30,781 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Terpander is the 1,366th most popular writer (up from 1,394th in 2019), the 305th most popular biography from Greece (down from 292nd in 2019) and the 37th most popular Greek Writer.

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Among writers, Terpander ranks 1,366 out of 5,794. Before him are James Murray, Antoine de Montchrestien, Christian Morgenstern, Ed McBain, Colin Wilson, and Don DeLillo. After him are Jack Vance, Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, Antipater of Sidon, Mendele Mocher Sforim, Ibn Sirin, and Salvian.

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Among people born in 712 BC, Terpander ranks 1 Among people deceased in 645 BC, Terpander ranks 3Before him are Archilochus and Guan Zhong.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Terpander ranks 305 out of 855. Before him are Neferkara I (-2780), Saturnin (300), Campaspe (-400), Philopoemen (-253), Aristides of Athens (150), and Callimachus (-600). After him are Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus (-200), Zoilus (-400), Antiochus XI Epiphanes (-115), Dinocrates (-400), Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark (1876), and Kyriakos Mitsotakis (1968).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Terpander ranks 37Before him are Ugo Foscolo (1778), Rigas Feraios (1757), Phrynichus (-535), Lycophron (-320), Laonikos Chalkokondyles (1423), and Cratinus (-500). After him are Eupolis (-446), Ion of Chios (-490), Diagoras of Melos (-450), Naim Frashëri (1846), Acusilaus (-600), and Albert Cohen (1895).