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 146,398 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Theognis of Megara is the 840th most popular writer (down from 809th in 2019), the 939th most popular biography from Italy (down from 197th in 2019) and the 64th 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 840 out of 5,794Before him are Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Juliette Récamier, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Solomon Northup, and Pavel Jozef Šafárik. After him are Patrick White, Machado de Assis, Joannes Zonaras, Salvatore Quasimodo, Sidonius Apollinaris, and André Bazin.

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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 939 out of 4,088Before him are Emma Morano (1899), Alberto Sordi (1920), Francesco II Sforza (1495), Eleonora Gonzaga (1630), Beatrice of Naples (1457), and Pietro Pomponazzi (1462). After him are Scipione del Ferro (1465), Erasmo of Narni (1370), Nina Ricci (1883), Beatrice Cenci (1577), Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo (5), and Prince Napoléon Bonaparte (1822).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Theognis of Megara ranks 64Before him are Marie Mancini (1639), Andrea Camilleri (1925), Vittoria Colonna (1490), Curzio Malaparte (1898), Cesare Pavese (1908), and Arrigo Boito (1842). After him are Salvatore Quasimodo (1901), Quintus Tullius Cicero (-102), Pietro Bembo (1470), Venantius Fortunatus (530), Gaius Lucilius (-180), and Rustichello da Pisa (1290).