Epic Poetry Homer Iliad, Odyssey, Homeric Hymns (Demeter, Apollo, Hermes…) Didactic Epic



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800-700 BC

  • Epic Poetry
  • Homer Iliad, Odyssey, Homeric Hymns (Demeter, Apollo, Hermes…)
  • Didactic Epic
  • Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days

Early Greek Lyric 7th-6th c.

  • Early Greek Lyric
  • Kallinos: Elegy
  • Tyrtaios: Patriotic Elegy
  • Archilochos: Iambic poetry: Revolution of themes and meters
  • Simonides: Epigram
  • Stesichoros: Myth
  • Theognis: Aristocratic Poetry
  • Hipponax: Famously biting verses

Mature Greek Lyric (6th century)

  • Sappho: The first woman poet whose work partially survives
  • Alcaeus: Drinking songs, hymns, love songs, and political odes
  • Pindar and Bacchylides: Epinician Songs
  • Alcman: Choral poetry
  • Anacreon: Playful love poetry

Presocratic Philosophy & Science

  • Thales: Water is the principle of all things
  • Anaxagoras
  • Anaximenes
  • Xenophanes
  • Empedocles: The four elements
  • Parmenides

Tragedy (5th c. BC)

  • Greek Drama: Tragedy:
  • Aeschylos: Persians, Oresteia,
  • Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Electra, Ajax
  • Euripides: Bacchae, Andromache, Alcestis, Medea, Helen

Comedy

  • Old Comedy (5th c):
  • Kratinos
  • Pherecrates: Savages
  • Aristophanes: Birds, Clouds, Frogs, Lysistrata
  • New Comedy (Late 4th c.)
  • Menander
  • Diphilos

Historiography (5th-4th c.)

  • Historiography:
  • Herodotos
  • Thucydides
  • Xenophon: Anabasis, Hellenica, Education of Cyrus, Spartan Constitution (essay and monograph)

Philosophy

  • Philosophy:
  • Socrates
  • Plato, Dialogues
  • Aristotle
  • Democritus

Medicine and Sciences

  • Medicine:
  • Hippocrates
  • Diocles of Carystus
  • Mathematics and other sciences
  • Pythagoras
  • Aristotle

Oratory/Rhetoric (4th c.)

  • Oratory
  • Antiphon
  • Lysias
  • Isaios
  • Isocrates
  • Demosthenes
  • Hypereides
  • Literary Criticism and Rhetoric
  • Gorgias
  • Aristotle

Hellenistic Poetry and Historiography (3rd -2nd c. BC)

  • Poetry:
  • Theocritos (bucolic)
  • Apollonios (epic)
  • Kallimachos (lyric)
  • Historiography:
  • Polybios
  • Dionysios Halicarnasseus

Philology

  • Philology:
  • Aristophanes Byzantios
  • Dionysios Halicarnasseus
  • Dionysius Thrax
  • Aristarchus
  • Didymus Chalcenterus
  • Harpocration

Medicine and Anatomy

  • Medicine/Anatomy:
  • Herophilos,
  • Erasistratos
  • Rufus of Ephesos
  • Asclepiades
  • Soranos
  • Pharmacology
  • Theophrastus (4th c.)
  • Dioscorides

Science and Mathematics

  • Science and Mathematics:
  • Euclid
  • Ptolemy
  • Archimedes
  • Hippodamos

Hellenistic Philosophy

  • Philosophy:
  • Epicurus
  • Chrysippos
  • Zenon
  • Cleanthes
  • Cynics
  • Sceptics

Imprerial Era/Late Antiquity

  • Historiography/
  • Biography
  • Plutarch
  • Humor:
  • Lucian
  • Medicine:
  • Galen
  • Philosophy:
  • Neoplatonics:
  • Proclus
  • Porphyry

Early Christianity (1st-4th c. AD)

  • Early Chrisian authors:
  • Dionysius Areopagites
  • Irenaeus
  • Justin
  • Clement of Alexandria
  • Origen

Byzantine Theology

  • Theology:
  • Basil
  • Gregory Nazianzenus
  • Gregory of Nyssa
  • John Chrysostom
  • Kavasilas
  • Gregory Palamas

Byzantine Historiography

  • Historiography:
  • Procopius
  • Agathias
  • Emperor Constantine VII, Porphyrogennetos
  • Michael Attaliates
  • Michael Psellos
  • Anna Komnene
  • Niketas Choniates
  • Emperor John VI Cantacuzene
  • Chalkokondyles

Chronicle

  • Chronicle:
  • Malalas
  • Theophanes Confessor
  • Zonaras

Philology/Scholarship

  • Philology:
  • Hesychius
  • Patriarch Photius
  • Arethas
  • Eustathius,
  • Suda
  • Byzantine Scholia and Lexica (e.g. Etymologicum Magnum)
  • Triklinios
  • Maximos Planudes
  • John Tzetzes

Byzantine Hymnography

  • Poetry/Hymnography:
  • Romanos Melodos
  • Akathist Hymn
  • Kassiane
  • Andrew of Crete
  • John Damaskenos
  • Kosmas Melodos (of Hierosolyma)

Early Modern Greek Literature

  • Byzantine Epic Poetry (vernacular)
  • Digenes Acritas
  • Cretan Literature:
  • George Chortatzis
  • Vizentzos Kornaros
  • Ottoman Period:
  • Regas Ferraios
  • Adamantios Koraes
  • Demotic Poetry

The 19th Century

  • The Ionian School:
  • Solomos
  • Kalvos
  • Valaorites
  • Laskaratos
  • The Old Athenian School
  • Soutsos
  • Rangavis

The New Athenian School

  • The New Athenian School
  • Palamas
  • Drosines
  • Krystalles

20th century poetry

  • 20th century Poetry:
  • Konstantine Kavafis
  • Karyotakis
  • Seferis
  • Elytis
  • Ritsos
  • Karelli
  • Angelaki-Rooke

20th c. Fiction

  • 20th century Fictional Prose:
  • Papadiamantis
  • Delta
  • Myrivilis
  • Venezis
  • Kazantzakis
  • Tachtsis
  • Ioannou

Modern Greek Theater/TV

  • Modern Greek Theater/TV
  • Xenopoulos
  • Psathas
  • Melas
  • Pretenteris


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