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Who is the Most Famous Greek Person that Ever Lived?

most famous GreekOracle of Delphi: King Aigeus in front of the Pythia. Credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

One of the perennial questions that often occurs among Greeks and philhellenes is “Who is the most famous Greek ever?”

Of course there is no one answer to this question. There are many famous Greeks who lived in the past 2,500 years and one can easily name one who may be living still.

In Plato’s Apology, Pythia at Delphi bore such testimony when she gave Chaerephon the famous response: “Of all men living Socrates is the most wise.”

However, there are no such absolutes. That was Plato’s opinion of his teacher, Socrates. We may have similar opinions of people we admire, but this is a personal one.

It also depends on the field that a Greek person became known for. For instance, Socrates is considered by many the greatest philosopher ever.

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