Notable Greeks

Part of the library’s Follow Francis series.

Francis, our world-traveling virtual librarian, found there are many famous Greeks from ancient times to the modern age.  Below is a list of just a few he thought you might find interesting.

The Ancient Philosophers
:  Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates

– The guy who wrote those two really long poems, “The Illiad” and “The Odyssey.”

– Know as The Father of History, he wrote a book titled (wait for it…) “The Histories” where he recorded his research into the Greco-Persian Wars.

– Remember the book “Aesop’s Fables” you probably had as a kid?  Yeah, that’s him.

Alexander the Great
– Considered by some to be the greatest military leader in history, Alexander created an empire that stretched from Greece to India by the time he was 30.

Leonidas I
– Leonidas was the king of the Greek city-state Sparta and is best remembered for leading the Greeks against the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae.

Melina Mercouri
– Actress, singer, and politician.

Irene Papas
– Actress and singer best known for her roles in “The Guns of Navarone” and “Zorba the Greek.”

Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas
– Actor and singer best known for his role as Lt. Theo Kojak in the television series “Kojak.”

Georgios Papanikolaou
– A pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection and inventor of the “Pap smear” (which is still used today as a means of early detection of uterine cancer).

Giannis Antetokounmpo – An NBA basketball player currently with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“30 of the Greatest Greeks.” Greeker Than The Greeks, Accessed 15 December 2020.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Accessed 16 December 2020.