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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 176,300 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Theognis of Megara is the 813th most popular writer (up from 840th in 2019), the 967th most popular biography from Italy (down from 939th in 2019) and the 67th 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 813 out of 5,755Before him are Ambrose Bierce, Christopher Tolkien, Muriel Spark, Issei Sagawa, Jane Hawking, and Menippus. After him are Theodoret, Hans Fallada, Emilio Salgari, Heliodorus of Emesa, Milorad Pavić, and Jean Anouilh.

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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 967 out of 4,668Before him are Paolo Borsellino (1940), Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli (1856), Italo Gariboldi (1879), Hippolytus of Rome (170), Antonio Caldara (1670), and Hugo Pratt (1927). After him are François Gérard (1770), Raimondo Montecuccoli (1609), Ildibad (450), Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548), Emilio Salgari (1862), and Filippo Inzaghi (1973).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Theognis of Megara ranks 67Before him are Marie Mancini (1639), Natalia Ginzburg (1916), Venantius Fortunatus (530), Cesare Pavese (1908), Italo Svevo (1861), and Arrigo Boito (1842). After him are Emilio Salgari (1862), Stesichorus (-630), Antonio Tabucchi (1943), Valerius Maximus (-100), Ibycus (-600), and Gerard of Cremona (1114).