315 BC - 260 BC

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Theocritus (; Greek: Θεόκριτος, Theokritos; born c. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theocritus has received more than 338,908 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Theocritus is the 376th most popular writer (up from 563rd in 2019), the 495th most popular biography from Italy (up from 692nd in 2019) and the 31st most popular Italian Writer.

Theocritus is most famous for his "Idylls" which are pastoral poems that are written in the style of ancient Greek poetry.

Memorability Metrics

  • 340k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 68.75

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 44

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.38

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.42

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Poetry, Translations into English, Greek Pastoral poetry
Theocriti Syracusii quae supersunt
The Greek bucolic poets
Translations into English, Greek Pastoral poetry, Greek poetry
The idylls and epigrams
Theocritus, Bion and Moschus
Greek Pastoral poetry, Translations into English, Modern Greek poetry
Bucolici Graeci
Greek Pastoral poetry, Greek poetry


Among writers, Theocritus ranks 376 out of 7,302Before him are Octavio Paz, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Tulsidas, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Grazia Deledda, and Enheduanna. After him are Arthur de Gobineau, Julio Cortázar, Georges Bataille, Sergei Yesenin, Jean Genet, and Cornelius Nepos.

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Among people born in 315 BC, Theocritus ranks 1After him are Arcesilaus, Aratus, and Leonidas II. Among people deceased in 260 BC, Theocritus ranks 1After him are Menippus, Sostratus of Cnidus, Zenodotus, Timaeus, Hanno the Great, Euthydemus I, Gaius Claudius Nero, Timocharis, Quintus Fulvius Flaccus, Marcus Livius Salinator, and Quintus Caecilius Metellus.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Theocritus ranks 495 out of 5,161Before him are Ennius (-239), Antonello da Messina (1430), Lavinia Fontana (1552), Ornella Muti (1955), Grazia Deledda (1871), and Franco Nero (1941). After him are Queen Paola of Belgium (1937), Francesco I Sforza (1401), Berengar I of Italy (850), Paolo Maldini (1968), Jacopo Peri (1561), and Cornelius Nepos (-100).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Theocritus ranks 31Before him are Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863), Ludovico Ariosto (1474), Lorenzo Valla (1407), Christine de Pizan (1365), Ennius (-239), and Grazia Deledda (1871). After him are Cornelius Nepos (-100), Elena Ferrante (1943), Pietro Aretino (1492), Edmondo De Amicis (1846), Giacomo Leopardi (1798), and Propertius (-50).