Theognis of Megara

570 BC - 485 BC

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Theognis of Megara (Greek: Θέογνις ὁ Μεγαρεύς, Théognis ho Megareús) was a Greek lyric poet active in approximately the sixth century BC. The work attributed to him consists of gnomic poetry quite typical of the time, featuring ethical maxims and practical advice about life. He was the first Greek poet known to express concern over the eventual fate and survival of his own work and, along with Homer, Hesiod and the authors of the Homeric Hymns, he is among the earliest poets whose work has been preserved in a continuous manuscript tradition (the work of other archaic poets is preserved as scattered fragments). In fact more than half of the extant elegiac poetry of Greece before the Alexandrian period is included in the approximately 1,400 lines of verse attributed to him, though several poems traditionally attributed to him were composed by others, e.g. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theognis of Megara has received more than 213,419 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Theognis of Megara is the 744th most popular writer (up from 806th in 2019), the 913th most popular biography from Italy (up from 964th in 2019) and the 62nd most popular Italian Writer.

Theognis of Megara is most famous for his elegies, which are poems about the trials and tribulations of love.

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Among writers, Theognis of Megara ranks 744 out of 7,302Before him are Georg Büchner, Pierre Boulle, Yanka Kupala, John Dos Passos, Berossus, and Edmond de Goncourt. After him are A. J. Cronin, Felix Salten, Sven Hassel, Taha Hussein, Aelius Donatus, and Christa Wolf.

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Among people born in 570 BC, Theognis of Megara ranks 4Before him are Pythagoras, Xenophanes, and Anacreon. After him is Hystaspes. Among people deceased in 485 BC, Theognis of Megara ranks 2Before him is Anacreon. After him is Spurius Cassius Viscellinus.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Theognis of Megara ranks 913 out of 5,161Before him are Baldassare Peruzzi (1481), Cola di Rienzo (1313), Michele Placido (1946), Isabella Rossellini (1952), Angelo Sodano (1927), and Pope Severinus (600). After him are Robert I, Duke of Parma (1848), Dionysius II of Syracuse (-397), William I of Sicily (1126), Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548), Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (-300), and Elena Cornaro Piscopia (1646).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Theognis of Megara ranks 62Before him are Giambattista Basile (1566), Carlo Gozzi (1720), Francesca da Rimini (1259), Andrea Camilleri (1925), Veronica Franco (1546), and Emilio Salgari (1862). After him are Epicharmus of Kos (-524), Antonio Tabucchi (1943), Natalia Ginzburg (1916), Arrigo Boito (1842), Valerius Maximus (-100), and Marie Mancini (1639).