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List of Ancient Greek poets

This Assortment of Ancient Greek poets covers poets writing in the Ancient Greek language, regardless of location or nationality of the poet. For a list of modern-day Greek poets, see List of Greek poets.

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  • Callimachus (Greek: Καλλίμαχος; ca. 305 BC- ca. 240 BC), poet and critic; native of Cyrene and scholar of the Library of Alexandria
  • Callinus (also known as Kallinus) of Ephesus in Asia Minor, flourished mid-7th century BC; the earliest known Greek elegiac poet
  • Chaeremon Athenian dramatist of the first half of the fourth century BC generally considered a tragic poet
  • Chersias of Orchomenus, archaic epic
  • Choerilus (tragic poet) Athenian tragic poet, who exhibited plays as early as 524 BC
  • Choerilus of Iasus, epic poet of Iasus in Caria, who lived in the 4th century BC.
  • Choerilus of Samos, epic poet of Samos, who flourished at the end of the 5th century BC
  • Cinaethon of Sparta or Kinaithon of Lakedaimon, a legendary early Greek poet sometimes called the author of the lost epics Oedipodea, Little Iliad and Telegony; Eusebius says that he flourished in 764/3 BC
  • Cleanthes
  • Cleophon (poet) (Greek: Kλεoφῶν, Kleophōn), Athenian tragic poet who flourished in the 4th century BC
  • Corinna (or Korinna) poet traditionally attributed to the 6th century BC
  • Creophylus of Samos (in Greek Kreophylos) legendary early Greek singer, native to Samos or Chios, said to have been a contemporary of Homer
  • Crobylus possible Middle Comedian, lived some time after 324 BC
  • Crinagoras of Mytilene
  • Cyclic poets
  • Cynaethus

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  • Diagoras the Atheist of Melos, poet and sophist of the 5th century BC
  • Dionysius Chalcus (Greek: Διονύσιος ὁ Χαλκοῦς) an ancient Athenian poet and orator

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  • Ibycus (Ἴβυκος), lyric poet of Rhegium in Italy, contemporary of Anacreon, flourished in the 6th century BC; one of the Nine lyric poets
  • Ion of Chios, dramatist, lyric poet and philosopher, contemporary of Euripides
  • Iophon (flourished 428 BC–405 BC), tragic poet, son of Sophocles
  • Isyllus poet whose name was rediscovered in the course of excavations on the site of the temple of Asclepius at Epidaurus, where an inscription was found engraved on stone, consisting of 72 lines of verse and preceded by two lines of prose giving this author's name

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  • Lasus lyric poet of the 6th century BC
  • Lesches a semi-legendary poet and reputed author of the Little Iliad; traditionally a native of Pyrrha in Lesbos; flourished about 660 BC (according to others, about 50 years earlier)

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  • Olen (poet), early poet from Lycia who went to Delos
  • Onomacritus, (c. 530 - 480 BC), also known as Onomacritos or Onomakritos, a chresmologue, or compiler of oracles
  • Oppian or Oppianus (in Greek, Οππιανος) was the name of the authors of two (or three) didactic poems in Greek hexameters, formerly identified as one poet, but now generally regarded as two:
    • Oppian of Corycus (or Anabarzus) in Cilicia, who flourished in the reign of Marcus Aurelius
    • Oppian of Apamea (or Pella) in Syria. His extant poem on hunting (Cynegetica) is dedicated to the emperor Caracalla, so that it must have been written after 211

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  • Rhyanus poet and grammarian, native of Crete, friend and contemporary of Eratosthenes (275—195 BC)

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  • Xenocles, (Ξενοκλής), or Zenocles, tragedian, flourished 415 BC

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