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Timeline of Authors

Approximately When They Flourished

Note: Other authors, not named on this chart, are represented in Loeb Classical Library collections such as Greek Lyric; Minor Latin Poets; Select Papyri; Minor Attic Orators; Greek Mathematical Works; and The Apostolic Fathers.

Writers in GreekYears Active (Period)Writers in Latin
Homer,1 Hesiod, Archilochus
Alcman
700 B.C.
(Archaic)
Sappho, Alcaeus
Stesichorus
Ibycus, Anacreon, Theognis
600 B.C.
Simonides, Heraclitus
Pindar, Bacchylides, Aeschylus
Herodotus, Hippocrates, Sophocles
Antiphon, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Euripides
500 B.C.
(Classical Greek)
Andocides
Xenophon, Plato, Lysias, Isocrates, Isaeus
Aeschines, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Aeneas Tacticus
Theophrastus
400 B.C.
Euclid, Menander
Theocritus, Manetho, Lycophron
Aristarchus, Herodas, Callimachus, Aratus
Apollonius Rhodius
300 B.C.

Livius Andronicus
Naevius
Corinna
Polybius
200 B.C.
(Hellenistic)
Ennius, Plautus
Caecilius, Cato
Accius, Pacuvius, Terence
Lucilius
Bion, Moschus
Parthenius
Diodorus Siculus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus
100 B.C.
(Classical Latin)
Lucretius, Catullus, Cicero
Caesar, Varro, Cornelius Nepos, Sallust
Virgil, Tibullus, Vitruvius, Horace, Propertius
Strabo, Demetrius
Philo
Onasander, “Longinus”,2
Plutarch, Josephus, Dio Chrysostom
0 Augustus, Seneca the Elder, Livy, Ovid
Celsus, Manilius, Velleius Paterculus, Phaedrus
Curtius, Seneca, Petronius, Lucan, Persius
Columella, Pliny, Frontinus, Quintilian, Martial
“Apollodorus”,2 Epictetus, Babrius
Ptolemy, Arrian, Achilles Tatius, Lucian
Aristides, Pausanias, Appian, Oppian, Galen
Marcus Aurelius, Clement
A.D. 100 Statius, Valerius Flaccus, Silius, Tacitus
Pliny the Younger, Juvenal, Suetonius
Florus, Fronto
Apuleius
Gellius
Aelian, Athenaeus, Alciphron
Sextus Empiricus
Philostratus, Dio Cassius, Herodian
Plotinus, Diogenes Laertius, Longus
A.D. 200
(Late Imperial)
Tertullian
Minucius Felix
Eusebius
Pappus, Tryphiodorus
Julian, Libanius, St. Basil
Quintus Smyrnaeus
A.D. 300 Ausonius
Eunapius
Nonnos, Colluthus
A.D. 400
(Late Antiquity)
St. Jerome, Ammianus Marcellinus
Prudentius, Claudian, St. Augustine
Musaeus
Procopius
A.D. 500 Sidonius
Boethius
  A.D. 600  
A.D. 700 Bede
1. Dates of Homer, Hesiod, and Archilochus, like those of some other authors, are quite uncertain.
2. The Loeb editions of On the Sublime and The Library are attributed, respectively, to Longinus and Apollodorus, but both works now are believed to have been written by authors unknown.

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