List of people from Greece

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This is a list of notable Greeks.

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  • Jacob Palaeologus (c. 1520–1585), Dominican friar, later antitrinitarian theologian; (Greek father)

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Aliki Diplarakou, Miss Europe 1930

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Alexander the Great, king of the city state of Macedon, tutored and personally mentored by Aristotle, first united the Greek city states, then conquered the Persian Empire as well as Egypt; named and founded the city of Alexandria.

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  • Agis III (r.338–?331 BCE), Spartan king who rebelled against Macedon in 331 BCE
  • Alcibiades (450–404 BCE), Athenian general and statesman
  • Alexander the Great, (356–323 BCE) King of Macedon, and conqueror of the Persian Empire
  • Antiochus III the Great, (c. 241–187 BCE) Seleucid Monarch
  • Antipater, (c.390–319 BCE), Macedonian noble and Alexander the Great's regent in Macedon
  • Aristides (530–468 BCE), Athenian statesman
  • Cimon (510–450 BCE), Athenian leader and statesman
  • Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, (c.68–30 BCE) Queen of Egypt, from the Hellenistic Ptolemaic Dynasty
    Michelangelo's rendering of Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator
  • Demosthenes (384–322 BCE), politician and orator
  • Dionysius I (c.432–367), ruler of the Syracusan empire
  • Epaminondas (c.420–362), Theban general and statesman
  • Eucratides, ruler of the Bactrian Greeks
  • Leonidas (d.480 BCE), Spartan king, killed defending Greece from the Persians
    Bust of Leonidas I, famed king of Sparta who led his troops at the Battle of Thermopylae against a Persian invasion of the Greek city states, perhaps most famous for having told the Persian King Xerxes his "Molon labe", or "Come and take them", when ordered to surrender and to give up his weapons once his unit's position had been betrayed and surrounded.
  • Lycurgus (9th century BCE), semi-legendary Spartan lawgiver
  • Lysander (d395), Spartan general and hero during the Peloponnesian War
  • Memnon of Rhodes, (d.333) Greek mercenary general in Persian army under Darius III
  • Miltiades, Athenian statesman and general
  • Nearchus, Alexander's naval commander
  • Peisistratus, Athenian tyrant
  • Pericles (495–429 BCE), Athenian leader and statesman
    Pericles, strategos of the city state of Athens during the Peloponnesian War
  • Philip II of Macedon (382–336 BCE), Macedonian king and father of Alexander the Great
  • Polycrates, Samian ruler
  • Ptolemy I (c.356–285), Macedonian general under Alexander the Great, founded a dynasty in Egypt
  • Pyrrhus of Epirus (c.318–272), invaded Italy, became known for victories of dubious value (Pyrrhic)
  • Seleucus I, Macedonian general under Alexander the Great, founded dynasty in Persia
  • Solon (638–558 BCE), Athenian lawmaker and archon
  • Themistocles (c.514–449 BCE), Athenian statesman and admiral
  • Xenophon (430–c.354 BCE), mercenary general, led and recounted march from Persia
  • Saint George (AD c.275–303), soldier in the Roman army, venerated as a Christian martyr

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Philosophers[edit]

Bust of Aristotle, the most influential and cited philosopher in history, student of Socrates and teacher and tutor of Plato and Alexander the Great
Plato, as painted by Michelangelo, whose The Republic and other works on morality and politics are listed as some of the most influential works in philosophy.

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Archimedes, ancient influential inventor and scientist; spearheaded insights into mathematical calculus.

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Constantin Carathéodory, acclaimed mathematician and scientist, mentor and teacher to Albert Einstein

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Aristotle Onassis in 1932, who later would create one of the largest shipping conglomerates of his day; married American first lady and widow Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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List of Greeks who were born outside modern Greece[edit]

This is a list of ethnic Greeks who were born after the Declaration of the Greek War of Independence (1821), outside the borders of the Greek state. The list does not include Greeks born in the diasporan communities or Greeks of Cyprus (after its independence in 1960), but only Greeks born in the traditional Greek homelands (the Balkans, Anatolia and the Eastern Mediterranean shores).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Από τη Βόρειο Ηπειρο στο Σύμπαν: (in Greek) «Οχι, δεν είμαι Πελοποννήσιος. Γεννήθηκα και μεγάλωσα στην Αθήνα, αλλά είμαι Βορειοηπειρώτης και μάλιστα Βλάχος. Νάκας ήταν το αυθεντικό επώνυμο του παππού μου προτού φύγουμε από την Αλβανία»
  2. ^ [1] "Greek conductor and composer"
  3. ^ [2] "This website is dedicated to preserving the musical memory of the late, great, Tatiana Troyanos, Greek-American Mezzo-Soprano"
  4. ^ "Eugenides is himself Greek-American, Detroit-born, suburb-raised – all sources of inspiration for his second novel." [3]