A Brief History of Ancient Greek Literature

by Piero Scaruffi (E-mail)
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The dates of ancient works are obviously wildly approximate.
See Steve Moore: "The Novel" for synopses of the novels.

Homeros (8## BC): "Iliad" (7## BC) [p] ++
Homeros (8## BC): "Odysseia/ Odyssey" (7## BC) [p] +++
Hesiodos (7## BC): "Theogonia/ Theogony" (7## BC) [p] +
Hesiodos (7## BC): "Erga kai Hemerai/ Works and Days" (7## BC) [p] +
Kallinos (728 BC): "Elegies" (7## BC) [p]
Arkhilokhos/ Archilochus (680 BC): "Iambic poems" (6## BC) [p]
Stesikhoros/ Stesichorus of Himera (640 BC): "Geryoneis" (5## BC) +
Semonides (6## BC): "Iambic poems" (6## BC) [p]
Tyrtaeus/ Tyrtaios: "Political elegies" (6## BC) [p]
Mimnermos (6## BC): "Nanno elegies" (6## BC) [p]
Arion (6## BC): "Dithyrambs" (6## BC) [p]
Alcman of Sparta (6## BC): "Partheneia" (6## BC) [p]
Solon (638 BC): "Poems" (6## BC) [p]
Alkaios/ Alcaeus of Mytilene (620 BC): "Hymns" (5## BC) [p]
Aisopos/ Aesop (620 BC): "Fables" (5## BC)
Sappho of Lesbos (612 BC): "Hymn to Aphrodite" (5## BC) [p] +
Sappho of Lesbos (612 BC): "Sappho 31" (5## BC) [p] +
Erinna (6## BC): "Distaff" (5## BC) [p] +
Anacreon of Teos (582 BC): "Hymns" (5## BC) [p]
Theognis ho Megareus (5## BC): "Gnomic poems" (5## BC) [p]
Ibykos/ Ibycus of Rhegium (5## BC): "Mythological poems" (5## BC) [p]
Pindaros/ Pindar of Thebes (522 BC): "Odes" (4## BC) [p] +
Hipponax (5## BC): "Iambic poems" (5## BC) [p]
Simonides of Ceos (556 BC): "Odes" (5## BC) [p] +
Epikarmos/ Epicharmus Syracusanus (540 BC): "Comedies" [t]
Phrynichus/ Frinikos (535 BC): "Capture of Miletus" (492 BC) [t]
Aiskhulos/ Aeschylus (525 BC): "Persai/ The Persians" (472 BC) [t]
Aiskhulos/ Aeschylus (525 BC): "Hepta epi Thebas/ Seven against Thebes" (467 BC) [t]
Aiskhulos/ Aeschylus (525 BC): "Hiketides/ The Suppliants" (463 BC) [t] +
Aiskhulos/ Aeschylus (525 BC): "The Oresteia" (458 BC) [t] ++
Aiskhulos/ Aeschylus (525 BC): "Prometheus Desmotes/ Prometheus Bound" (4## BC) [t] +
Sophokles/ Sophocles (497 BC): "Oidipous Turannos/ Oedipus the King/ Oedipus Rex" (429 BC) [t] ++
Sophokles/ Sophocles (497 BC): "Oidipous epi Kolono/ Oedipus at Colonus " (401 BC) [t]
Sophokles/ Sophocles (497 BC): "Antigone" (441 BC) [t] +
Sophokles/ Sophocles (497 BC): "Aias/ Ajax" (4## BC) [t]
Sophokles/ Sophocles (497 BC): "Trachiniai/ The Women of Trachis" (4## BC) [t]
Sophokles/ Sophocles (497 BC): "Elektra" (40# BC) [t] +
Sophokles/ Sophocles (497 BC): "Philoktetes" (409 BC) [t]
Eupolis (446 BC): "Demoi" (4## BC) [t]
Kratinos/ Cratinus (485 BC): "Pytine/ Wineflask" (423 BC) [t]
Herodotus/ Herodotos (484 BC): "Histories" (4## BC) [h]
Euripides (480 BC): "Alcestis" (438 BC) [t]
Euripides (480 BC): "Medea" (431 BC) [t] ++
Euripides (480 BC): "Hippolytus" (428 BC) [t] +
Euripides (480 BC): "Elektra" (420 BC) [t]
Euripides (480 BC): "Troiades/ The Trojan Women" (415 BC) [t] +
Euripides (480 BC): "Iphigeneia en Taurois" (414 BC) [t]
Euripides (480 BC): "Ion" (414 BC) [t]
Euripides (480 BC): "Helen" (412 BC) [t]
Euripides (480 BC): "Orestes" (408 BC) [t]
Euripides (480 BC): "Bakchai/ Bacchae" (405 BC) [t] ++
Euripides (480 BC): "Iphigeneia en Aulidi" (405 BC) [t] +
ThoukudĄdes/ Thucydides (460 BC): "History of the Peloponnesian War " (4## BC) [h]
Aristophanes (446 BC): "Akharneis/ The Acharnians" (425 BC) [t]
Aristophanes (446 BC): "Nephelai/ The Clouds" (423 BC) [t]
Aristophanes (446 BC): "Sphekes/ The Wasps" (422 BC) [t]
Aristophanes (446 BC): "Ornithes/ The Birds" (414 BC) [t] +
Aristophanes (446 BC): "Lysistrate/ Lysistrata" (411 BC) [t] +
Aristophanes (446 BC): "Thesmophoriazousai/ Women Celebrating the Thesmophoria" (411 BC) [t]
Aristophanes (446 BC): "Batrakhoi/ The Frogs" (405 BC) [t] +
Sophron (4## BC): "Mimiamboi/ Polemic mimes" (4## BC) [p]
Bakchylides/ Bacchylides of Ceos (4## BC): "Odes" (4## BC) [p] +
Antimachus/ Antimakos (4## BC): "Lyde" (4## BC) [p]
Melanippides of Melos (4## BC): "Dithyrambs" (4## BC) [p]
Xenophon of Athens (430 BC): "Cyropaedia" (3## BC)
Xenophon of Athens (430 BC): "Anabasis" (3## BC) +
Filemon/ Philemon (36# BC): "Emporos" (3## BC) [t]
Menandros/ Menander (341 BC): "Dyskolos/ The Grouch" (317 BC) [t] +
Menandros/ Menander (341 BC): "Epitrepontes/ Men at Arbitration" (3##) [t] +
Menandros/ Menander (341 BC): "Perikeiromene/ Girl who has her hair cropped" (314 BC) [t]
Menandros/ Menander (341 BC): "Samia/ Girl from Samos" (315 BC) [t] +
Nossis (3## BC): "Homoerotic poems" (3## BC) [p]
Aratos/ Aratus (31# BC): "Fainomena/ Phaenomena/ Appearances" (2## BC) [p]
Philitas of Cos (340 BC): "Demeter" (3## BC) [p]
Hermesianax of Colophon (3## BC): "Leontion" (2## BC) [p]
Leonidas of Tarentum (3## BC): "Epigrams" (2## BC) [p]
Phanocles (3## BC): "Elegy on Orpheus' Death" (2## BC) [p]
Aleksandros o Aitolos/ Alexander Aetolus (3## BC): "Elegies" (2## BC) [p]
Asclepiades of Samos (320 BC): "Erotic Epigrams" (2## BC) [p]
Kallimakos/ Callimachus of Cyrene (30# BC): "Epigrams" (2## BC) [p]
Kallimakos/ Callimachus of Cyrene (30# BC): "Aitia/ Aetia/ Causes" (2## BC) [p] +
Kallimakos/ Callimachus of Cyrene (30# BC): "Lock of Berenice" (2## BC) [p]
Poseidippos/ Posidippus of Pella (31# BC): "Epigrams" (2##) [p]
Apollonios Rhodios/ Apollonius of Rhodes (295 BC): "Argonautica" (2## BC) [p] +
Euphorion of Chalcis (275 BC): "Thrax" (2## BC) [p]
"Alexander Romance" (2## BC)
Theokritos/ Theocritus (2## BC): "Idylls" (2## BC) [p] +
Oppianos/ Oppian (2## BC): "Halieutica" (2## BC) [p]
Polybius (20# BC): "Histories" (1## BC) [h]
Herodas (2## BC): "Mimiamboi/ Polemic mimes" (2## BC) [p]
Anyte Tegeatis (2## BC): "Epigrams" (2## BC) [p]
Dioscorides (1## BC): "Erotic poetry" (1## BC) [p]
Moskos/ Moschus (1## BC): "Europa" (1## BC) [p]
Bion of Smyrna (1## BC): "Adonis" (1## BC) [p]
Nikandros ho Kolophonios/ Nicander of Colophon (1## BC): "Theriaca" (1## BC) [p]
Antipatros Sidonios/ Antipater of Sidon (1## BC): "Epigrams" (1## BC) [p]
Meleagros/ Meleager (## BC): "Epigrams" (## BC) [p]
"Ninos Romance" (## BC)
Chariton (## AD): "Chaereas and Callirhoe" (3# AD)
Antonius Diogenes (## AD): "Wonders Beyond Thule" (1## AD)
"Letters of Themistocles" (1## AD)
"Chion of Heraclea" (1## AD)
Xenophon (1## AD): "Ephesiaca/ Anthia and Habrocomes" (1## AD)
Lollianus (1## AD): "Phoinikika/ A Phoenician Story" (1## AD)
Iamblichus (1## AD): "Babyloniaka/ A Babylonian Story" (17# AD)
Achilles Tatius (1## AD: "Leucippe and Clitophon" (18# AD)
Longos/ Longus (1## AD): "Daphnis and Chloe" (1## AD) +
Athenaeus (1## AD: "Deipnosophistae/ Learned Banqueters" (2## AD)
Lucian of Samosata (12# AD): "True Story" (1## AD)
Lucian of Samosata (12# AD): "The Death of Peregrinus" (1## AD)
Lucian of Samosata (12# AD): "Kataplous he Tyrannos/ The Downward Journey " (1## AD)
Heliodorus of Emesa (2##): "Aithiopica/ Theagenes and Charicleia" (2##) +
"Story of Apollonius King of Tyre" (2## AD)
"Alexander romance" (2## AD) [p]
"Joseph and Aseneth" (3## AD) +
"Clementine Recognitions" (3## AD) +
Quintus Smyrnaeus/ Kointos Smyrnaios (3## AD): "Posthomerica" (3## AD) [p]
Nonnos/ Nonnus of Panopolis (3## AD): "Dionysiaca" (4## AD) [p]
Palladas (3## AD): "Epigrams" (3## AD) [p]

See also: Modern Greek literature


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