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Actors/actresses [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Modern period [edit ] Adventurers [edit ] Athletes & sports figures [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Modern period [edit ] Aristotle George (Harry) Agganis baseball and American football player Aristidis Akratopoulos tennis player Konstantinos Akratopoulos tennis player Nikos Alefantos football player and manager Alexandros Alexiades football player Minas Alozidis hurdler Fragiskos Alvertis basketball player Ioannis Amanatidis football player Yannis Anastasiou football player Andreas Anastasopoulos shot putter Nikos Anastopoulos football player and manager Georgios Anatolakis football player Anastasios Andreou sprinter/hurdler Joannis Andreou swimmer Nikolaos Andriakopoulos gymnast Eleni Andriola gymnast Georgios Anninos swimmer Antelothanasis shooter Georgios Aspiotis cyclist Sotirios Athanasopoulos gymnast Theodoros Baev volleyball player Marcos Baghdatis tennis player Níki Bakogiánni high jumper Georgios Balakakis fencer Hristos Banikas chess player Kostas Bantas football player Nikos Barlos basketball player Angelos Basinas football player Spiridon Belokas marathoner Thomas Bimis diver Christos Bourbos football player Yiannis Bourousis basketball player Nikos Boutzikos football player Demetri Catrakilis Rugby Union Player Konstantinos Chalkias football player Angelos Charisteas football player Spiridon Chasapis swimmer Dionisis Chiotis football player Efstathios Chorafas swimmer Lampros Choutos football player Fanis Christodoulou basketball player Anton Christoforidis boxer Stephanos Christopoulos wrestler Constantine II former King of Greece, 1960 Olympic champion in sailing (Dragon class) Ioannis Chrysafis gymnast Nikos Dabizas football player Evangelos Damaskos pole vaulter Nick "the Greek" Dandolos, gambler Eleni Daniilidou tennis player Filipos Darlas football player Dimitrios Deligiannis marathoner Traianos Dellas football player Hrysopiyí Devetzí triple jumper and long jumper Themistoklis Diakidis high jumper Dimitris Diamantidis basketball player Georgios Diamantis shooter Dimosthenis Dikoudis basketball player Pyrros Dimas three-time Olympic champion weightlifter Stefanos Dimitrios middle-distance runner Zoi Dimoschaki swimmer Mimis Domazos football player Giorgos Donis football player Dimitrios Drivas swimmer Kostas Eleftherakis football player Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos football player Giannoulis Fakinos football player Panagiotis Fasoulas basketball player Alexios Fetsios shooter Angelos Fetsis middle-distance runner Giorgos Foiros football player and manager Antonis Fotsis basketball player D. Frangopoulos tennis player Takis Fyssas football player Nikos Galis basketball player, MVP of Eurobasket 1987 Konstadinos Gatsioudis javelin thrower Theofanis Gekas football player Georgios Gennimatas sprinter Nikolaos Georgantas discus thrower Grigorios Georgatos football player Giorgios Georgiadis football player Ioannis Georgiadis fencer Evangelos Gerakeris marathoner Panagiotis Giannakis basketball player, captain of Greek Eurobasket 1987 champion team Stelios Giannakopoulos football player Kleopas Giannou football player Herodotos Giorgallas gymnast Andreas Glyniadakis basketball player Spyros Gogolos football player Dimitrios Golemis middle-distance runner Georgios Gougoulias football player Yannis Goumas football player Anastasios Gousis sprinter Miltiadis Gouskos shot putter Georgios Grigoriou marathoner Efstratios Grivas chess player Faní Halkiá Olympic champion hurdler Vassilis Hatzipanagis football player José Holebas football player Periklis Iakovakis hurdler Georgios Iatridis fencer Miltiades Iatrou cyclist Takis Ikonomopoulos football player Giannis Ioannidis basketball player and coach Leonidas Kabantais football player Pantelis Kafes football player Ilias Kafetzis marathoner Kakhi Kakhiashvili weightlifter Michalis Kakiouzis basketball player Nikos Kaklamanakis windsurfer Ioannis Kalitzakis football player Georgios Kalogiannidis archer George Kalovelonis tennis player Marios Kaperonis boxer Michalis Kapsis football player Alexandros Karageorgiou archer G. Karagiannopoulos shooter Giorgos Karagounis football player Telemachos Karakalos fencer Karakatsanis shooter Konstantinos Karakatsanis middle-distance runner Pantelis Karasevdas shooter Hristos Karipidis football player Filippos Karvelas gymnast Michalis Kasapis football player Dionysios Kasdaglis tennis player Fanis Katergiannakis football player N. Kartavas swimmer Kostas Katsouranis football player Anastasía Kelesídou discus thrower Konstantinos Kenteris European, World and Olympic champion sprinter Alexandros Khalkokondilis sprinter and long jumper Hatzidakis shooter Alexandros Khrisafos swimmer Dimitrios Khristopoulos marathoner Vassilis Kikilias basketball player Michalis Klokidis football player Frank Klopas, football player Ekaterini Koffa sprinter Savvas Kofidis football player Dimitrios Kokotis high jumper Georgios Kolettis cyclist Georgios Koltsidas football player Giorgos Koltzos football player Konstantinos Komninos-Miliotis fencer Aristidis Konstantinidis cyclist Vasilis Konstantinou football player Konstantinos Konstantinou cyclist Michalis Konstantinou football player Dimitrious Konstantopolous football player Georgios Korakakis football player Prodromos Korkizoglou decathlete Anastasia Kostaki basketball player Nikos Kostakis football player Yiorgos Kostikos football player Athanasios Kostoulas football player Vasilios Kotronias chess player Ilias Kotsios football player Stefanos Kotsolis football player Giorgos Koudas football player Dinos Kouis football player Konstantinos Koukodimos long jumper Efthimios Kouloucheris football player Yiannis Kouros multiple world record-holding ultramarathoner Vaggelis Koutsoures football player Petros Kravaritis football player Ioannis Kyrastas football player Sotirios Kyrgiakos football player Anastasios Kyriakos football player Panagiotis Lagos football player Vassilis Lakis football player Alexi Lalas, football player Leonidas Langakis shooter Ioannis Lavrentis marathoner Sotiris Leontiou football player Nikolaos Levidis shooter Kostas Linoxilakis football player Spiros Livathinos football player and manager Spiridon Louis marathoner, winner of first modern Olympic marathon Takis Loukanidis football player Konstantinos Loumpoutis football player Dimitrios Loundras gymnast Nikolaos Lyberopoulos football player Nikos Machlas football player Ioannis Malokinis swimmer Miréla Manjani javelin thrower Stelios Manolas football player Vlasios Maras gymnast Nick Markakis baseball player Dimitris Markos football player Stamatios Masouris marathoner Dimitris Mavrogenidis football player Loukas Mavrokefalidis basketball player Thomas Mavros football player Hristos Meletoglou triple jumper Angelos Messaris football player Anastasios Metaxas shooter Athanasios Michalopoulos volleyball player Nikolaos Michopoulos football player Zenon Mikhailidis shooter Ioannis Mitropoulos gymnast Tasos Mitropoulos football player Georgios Mitsibonas football player Antonis Miyiakis football player Vaggelis Moras football player Leonidas Morakis shooter Nikolaos Morakis shooter Andreas Mouratis football player Moustakopoulos shooter Apostolos Nanos archer Evangelos Nastos football player Konstantinos Nebegleras football player Kostas Negrepontis football player Kostas Nestoridis football player Apostolos Nikolaidis football and volleyball player Demis Nikolaidis football player Alexandros Nikolopoulos weightlifter Stamatios Nikolopoulos cyclist Antonios Nikopolidis football player Sotiris Ninis football player Nikos Nioplias football player Georgios Orphanidis shooter Alexandros Pagalis football player Alketas Panagoulias football player and manager Loukas Panourgias football player Pantazidis shooter Anastasios Pantos football player Alexandros Papadimitriou hammer thrower Avraam Papadopoulos football player Dimitrios Papadopoulos football player Lazaros Papadopoulos basketball player Antonios Papaigannou gymnast Mimis Papaioannou football player Lambros Papakostas high jumper Theodoros Papaloukas basketball player Manolis Papamakarios basketball player Christos Papanikolaou pole vaulter Georgios Papasideris weightlifter Eleitherios Papasimeon marathoner Athina Papayianni race walker Charilaos Pappas football player Tom Pappas, world champion decathlete Georgios Paraskevopoulos cyclist Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos discus thrower Mikhail Paskalides sprinter Konstantinos Paspatis tennis player Petros Passalis football player George Patis badminton player Voula Patoulidou hurdler Christos Patsatzoglou football player Patsouris shooter Pavlos Pavlidis shooter Antonios Pepanos swimmer Ioannis Persakis triple jumper Petros Persakis gymnast Aristovoulos Petmezas gymnast and shooter Demetrios Petrokokkinos tennis player Ioannis Phrangoudis shooter Mimis Pierrakos football player Perikles Pierrakos-Mavromichalis fencer Stiliani Pilatou long jumper Platis shooter Hristos Polihroniou hammer thrower Ioannis Poulos fencer Evangelia Psarra archer Leonidas Pyrgos fencer Evangelos Rallis tennis player Kurt Rambis (Kyriakos Rambidis) basketball player, won 4 NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers Flora Redoumi hurdler Dimitrios Regas sprinter Efthimios Rentzias basketball player Elpida Romantzi archer Nicolas Rossolimo chess player Georgios Roubanis pole vaulter Sakis Rouvas pole vaulter (later became famous as a musician/entertainer) Dimitris Salpingidis football player Georgios Samaras football player Sanidis shooter Miltiadis Sapanis football player Dimitris Saravakos football player Nikos Sarganis football player Georgios Saridakis race walker Sofoklis Schortsanitis basketball player Yourkas Seitaridis football player Giorgos Sideris football player Nikolaos Siranidis diver Athanasios Skaltsogiannis Giannis Skopelitis football player Georgios Skoutarides sprinter and hurdler George Sotiropoulos mixed martial artist Vasileios Spanoulis basketball player Konstantinos Spetsiotis race walker Spiridon Stais shooter Andreas Stamatiadis football player Ieroklis Stoltidis football player Aryiro Strataki heptathlete Dimosthenis Tampakos gymnast Giannis Taralidis football player Alexandros Tatsis football player Efstathios Tavlaridis football player Irini Terzoglou shot putter Ekateríni Thánou sprinter Stefanos Theodoridis football player Georgios Theodoridis sprinter Ioannis Theodoropoulos pole vaulter Alexandros Theofilakis shooter Ioannis Theofilakis shooter Dimitrios Tomprof middle-distance runner Vasilis Torosidis football player Nicolaos Trikupis shooter A. Tryfiatis-Tripiaris cyclist Jake Tsakalidis basketball player Kostas Tsartsaris basketball player Loúis Tsátoumas long jumper Dimitrios Tsiamis triple jumper Paraskeví Tsiamíta triple jumper Nikos Tsiantakis football player Vassilis Tsiartas football player Konstantinos Tsiklitiras Olympic champion standing long jumper Leonidas Tsiklitiras gymnast Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi javelin thrower Chris Tsiprailidis poker player Georgios Tsitas wrestler Athanasia Tsoumeleka race walker Tryfon Tzanetis football player Alexandros Tziolis football player Stavros Tziortziopoulos football player Alexandros Tzorvas football player Danai Varveri free diver Olga Vasdeki triple jumper Spyridon Vasdekis long jumper Kharilaos Vasilakos marathoner Panagiotis Vasilopoulos basketball player Kostas Vassiliadis basketball player Fotini Vavatsi archer Vavis shooter Theodoros Velkos badminton player Stylianos Venetidis football player Tassos Venetis football player Anna Verouli javelin thrower Sotirios Versis weightlifter Kleanthis Vikelides football player Ekateríni Vóggoli discus thrower Ioannis Vourakis shooter Athanasios Vouros fencer Ian Vouyoukas basketball player Ioannis Vrettos marathoner Zisis Vryzas football player Loukas Vyntra football player Charalambos Xanthos poker player Níki Xánthou long jumper Thomas Xenakis gymnast Vasilios Xydas pole vaulter Theodoros Zagorakis football player, captain of Greek team that won 2004 European Championship Akis Zikos football player Nikos Zisis basketball player Khristos Zoumis triple jumper Clerics [edit ] Medieval period [edit ]
Entrepreneurs [edit ] Yiannis Carras, ship-owner, creator of Porto Carras Resort John D. Chandris and family, shipping industry, cruises Yiannis (Giannis) Dritsas, inventor of Frappe Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, entrepreneur Socrates Kokkalis, telecommunications magnate, owner of Olympiacos John Latsis, shipping magnate Spiro Latsis, banking and shipping magnate Mike Lazaridis, founder and co-CEO of Research in Motion (RIM) Stavros Niarchos, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, shipping magnate Christina Onassis, shipping magnate Athina Onassis-Miranda, granddaughter of Aristotle Onassis Ioannis Pangas, merchant and philanthropist Georgios Sinas, banker, diplomat and philanthropist Simon Sinas, banker, diplomat and philanthropist Basil Zaharoff, arms trader and financier Evangelis and Konstantinos Zappas, entrepreneurs and forefathers of modern Olympics Georgios Zarifis, banker Christakis Zografos, banker Explorers [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Medieval period [edit ] Early Modern [edit ] Juan de Fuca aka Apostolos Valerianos, born Ioannis (John) Phocas Fashion designers [edit ] Fashion models [edit ] Filmmakers [edit ] Theo Angelopoulos, writer and director ( , Ulysses' Gaze ) Eternity and a Day Michael Cacoyannis, writer, producer and director ( , Zorba the Greek , Electra ) Iphigenia Constantinos Hilas George P. Cosmatos Costa-Gavras (Constantinos Gavras), writer, producer and director ( , Z , State of Siege ) Missing Peter Kambasis, writer, producer and director of internet-based films Milton Katselas, acting teacher and director ( , Butterflies Are Free ) When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Elia Kazan director in theatre and film ( , Gentleman's Agreement , A Streetcar Named Desire , On the Waterfront , East of Eden ) A Face in the Crowd Ana Kokkinos Nikos Koundouros Gregory Markopoulos Nikos Nikolaidis, writer, producer, and director ( , Evrydiki BA 2O37 , The Wretches Are Still Singing , Sweet Gang , Morning Patrol , Singapore Sling , See You in Hell, My Darling , The Loser Takes It All ) The Zero Years Military and political figures [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] 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) Macedonian king, and conqueror 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 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 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 Philip II of Macedon, (382–336 BCE)Macedonian king and father of Alexander the Great Polycrates, Samian ruler Ptolemy I, (c356-285) Macedonian general under Alexander the Great, founded a dynasty in Egypt Pyrrhus of Epirus, (c318-272)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 Medieval period [edit ] Alexius I Comnenus (1048–1118), Byzantine Emperor Basil II (963–1025), Emperor, known as the 'Bulgar-slayer' Constantine Lascaris, promoters of the revival of Greek learning in the Italian peninsula Constantine VII, Byzantine Emperor and scholar, 'born in the (Imperial) purple' (Porphyrogenitus) Constantine XI (1405–1453), last Byzantine Emperor Gemistus Pletho, one of the chief pioneers of the revival of learning in Western Europe. Helena, Christian mother of Constantine I Irene, Byzantine Empress, instrumental in the restoration of icons, later sanctified Johannes Bessarion, Bishop and Cardinal Manuel Chrysoloras, one of the pioneers in introducing Greek literature to western Europe. Manuel I Comnenus (1143–1180),Byzantine Emperor, was responsible for a distinct revival of Byzantine fortunes until his defeat at Myriokephalon Michael VIII Palaeologus (1159–1182)- Byzantine (before 1261 Nicene) Emperor, recaptured Constantinople from the Franks. Marcus Musurus, professor of Greek language at the University of Padua. Nicephorus II Phocas (963–969),Byzantine Emperor and general Romanus IV (1068–1071), lost the fateful battle of Manzikert Saint Cyril (827–869), Byzantine monk, developed the Glagolitic alphabet Theodora, wife of Justinian I, actress, courtesan, Empress. Ottoman Empire period [edit ] Atik Sinan, architect for Mehmed II and Mustafa III Barbarossa (1473–1518), famous privateer, older brother of Khair ad Din; (Greek mother) İbrahim Ethem Pasha, Greek-born Grand Vizier Khair ad Din (1475–1546), Greek-born Ottoman Turkish Admiral, also known as Barbarossa; (Greek mother) Pargalı İbrahim Pasha, Suleyman the Magnificent's first appointed Grand Vizier, who left an important landmark on his reign. Alexandra Mavrokordatou (1605–1683), salonist and intellectual. Mimar Sinan, architect for Suleiman the Magnificent Kosem Sultan İshak Pasha Grand Vizier Turgut Reis Ottoman Admiral Modern period [edit ] Greece [edit ] Ioannis Capodistrias (1776–1831), first President of the free and unified Greek state, last President of the first Greek republic Georgios Hatzianestis (1863–1922), General Constantine Kanaris (c. 1794–1877), freedom fighter, politician, and later Prime Minister Constantine I (1868–1923), King of Greece Constantine II, (born 1940), King of Greece George II (1890–1947), King of Greece Paul (1901–1964), King of Greece Konstantinos Karamanlis (1907–1998), President of Greece and four-time Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis (born 1956), Prime Minister of Greece and leader of the New Democracy party – Greek-Macedonian Dimitris Plapoutas (1786–1864), Greek General in the Greek War of Independence against the rule of the Ottoman Empire and later a Politician Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770–1843), Greek general in the Greek War of Independence against the rule of the Ottoman Empire Pavlos Kountouriotis (1855–1935), admiral, war hero and later President of Greece Alexander Mavrocordatos Pavlos Melas (1870–1904), hero of Greek Struggle for Macedonia Ioannis Metaxas (1871–1941), dictator of Greece before and during the first part of its participation in World War II Andreas Papandreou (1919–1996), economist, politician, and three-time Prime Minister George Andreas Papandreou (born 1952), current leader of the PASOK political party and former Foreign Minister of Greece (1999–2004). Aleka Papariga (born 1945), current General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) (1991–) Karolos Papoulias (born 1929), current President of Greece (2005–) Kostas Simitis (born 1936), former Prime Minister of Greece (1996–2004) Kostis Stephanopoulos (born 1926), former President of Greece (1995–2005) Aris Velouchiotis (27 August 1905 – 16 June 1945), born Athanasios (Thanasis) Klaras, leader of Ethnikos Laikos Apeleftherotikos Stratos (ELAS), the communist segment of Greek guerrilla resistance during World War II Eleftherios Venizelos (1864–1936), Prime Minister Nikos Zachariadis (1903–1973), former Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) (1931–1957) Northern Epirus [edit ] Canada [edit ] France [edit ] Romania [edit ] Spain [edit ] United Kingdom [edit ] Australia [edit ] United States [edit ] Musicians [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Modern period [edit ] Rita Abatzi musician Maurice Abravanel conductor Louis Demetrius Alvanis (born 1960), pianist Costas Andreou composer and musician Theodore Antoniou composer, conductor Grigoris Asikis singer and lyricist Nikolas Asimos singer and composer Gina Bachauer pianist Yiorgos Batis musician Grigoris Bithikotsis popular singer and lyricist Miltiades Caridis conductor Pavlos Carrer composer Petros Christo guitarist Nikos Christodoulou composer and conductor Jani Christou composer Christos Dantis singer and musician Dionysios Demetis composer Odysseas Dimitriadis (1908–2005), conductor Marina Diamandis, singer for Marina and the Diamonds Dimitris Dragatakis composer Antiochos Evangelatos composer and conductor Kostas Exarhakis musician Maria Farantouri (born 1947) singer Yorgos Foudoulis (born 1964) guitarist and composer Gus G. guitarist Katy Garbi singer Michalis Genitsaris singer and composer Christos Govetas musician Manos Hadjidakis (1925–1994) composer Alkinoos Ioannidis singer and composer Sotiris Kakisis poet George Kallis composer Manolis Kalomiris (1883–1962), composer Iakovos Kambanelis poet and lyricist Alex Kapranos, frontman of the pop group Franz Ferdinand Eleni Karaindrou composer Herbert von Karajan (Herbert Karajannis) (1908–1989) (Austrian of Greek origin) Nikos Karvelas composer Georgios Kasassoglou musician Antonios Katinaris musician Bob Katsionis musician Leonidas Kavakos (born 1967), violinist Stelios Kazantzidis singer Areti Ketime musician Panayiotis Kokoras musician and composer Iakovos Kolanian guitarist Stavros Koujioumtzis (1932–2005), composer and lyricist Akis Katsoupakis (born 1972), musician, composer, and record producer Rena Kyriakou pianist Andreas Lagios guitarist Alexandre Lagoya guitarist Leo Leandros musician and composer Tommy Lee, drummer Manos Loizos (1937–1982), composer Sokratis Malamas singer and musician Nikolaos Mantzaros composer Giannis Markopoulos composer Kostas Martakis singer Thanos Mikroutsikos composer Dimitris Mitropanos singer, notably the greatest Laika singer of the modern age Dimitris Mitropoulos conductor [2 ] Kostas Mountakis musician Georges Moustaki (Greek-French) singer and lyricist Sonia Theodoridou opera singer Orianthi Panagaris, singer Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (George Michael) singer-songwriter (English of Greek ancestry) Tzimis Panousis, musician Lefteris Papadimitriou, compoer and performer Lefteris Papadopoulos poet and lyricist Thanassis Papakonstantinou singer and lyricist Elena Paparizou singer, winner of the Eurovison Song Contest 2005 Apostolos Paraskevas composer and classical guitarist Stelios Perpiniadis musician Phivos lyricist Sadahzinia musician Sakis Rouvas singer and guitarist Spyros Samaras composer Kalomira Sarantis singer - songwriter, winner of second Fame Story season, third place at Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Dionysis Savvopoulos singer, composer and lyricist Kyriakos Sfetsas composer Dimitris Sgouros pianist Pavlos Sidiropoulos musician Nikos Skalkottas composer Kostas Skarvelis composer Camille-Marie Stamaty Greek-French composer-pianist Ciriaco Taraxes Composer Paschalis Terzis singer Mikis Theodorakis (born 1925), composer Giorgos Theofanous composer Marios Tokas, composer of Cypriot origin Sakis Tolis musician Michalis Travlos composer Tatiana Troyanos mezzo-soprano [3 ] Iovan Tsaous musician and composer Vassilis Tsitsanis popular composer Markos Vamvakaris popular composer of rebetiko Despina Vandi singer Vangelis (born 1943), New Age-musician and composer Marios Varvoglis composer Anna Vissi singer Haris Xanthoudakis composer Stavros Xarhakos composer and MEP Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001), composer Nikos Xilouris singer and composer Nikos Xydakis pianist and singer Spyridon Xyndas composer and guitarist Mirka Yemendzakis musician Yanni (born 1954) – Composer, pianist, keyboardist Savvas Ysatis musician Painters [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Renaissance [edit ] Modern period [edit ] Philosophers [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Medieval period [edit ] Modern period [edit ] Scientists and Engineers [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Medieval period [edit ] Modern period [edit ] Georgios Papanikolaou, doctor, Pap smear inventor Constantin Carathéodory, mathematician Ioannis Argyris, mathematician, Finite Element Method Dimitrios Nanopoulos, astrophysicist Fotis Kafatos, biologist, current director of the European Research Council Evangelos Katsioulis, psychiatrist Christos Papadimitriou, computer scientist Manolis Andronikos, archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos, archaeologist Raphael Salem, mathematician Athanassios S. Fokas, mathematician, integrable nonlinear partial differential equations Michael L Dertouzos, former Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science Nicholas Negroponte, Greek-American founder and Chairman Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab John Iliopoulos, physicist Panayiotis Zavos, geneticist Joseph Sifakis, computer scientist George P. Chrousos, clinical investigator in pediatrics Andreas Mandelis, photonics expert Sculptors [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Modern period [edit ] Singers [edit ] Chryso Stamatopoulou, sister of popular singer Mando Hrysoula Stefanaki Chronis Aidonidis Haris Alexiou Giorgos Alkaios Peter André, English-born Cypriot-Australian Lisa Andreas, represented Cyprus in the Eurovision 2004 Marlen Angelidou, pop singer, was with Greek pop group Hi-5 Lindsay Armaou, was part of the girl band B*Witched (half Greek half Irish) Annette Artani Eleftheria Arvanitaki Agnes Baltsa, mezzo-soprano Maria Callas, soprano Aris Christofellis, sopranist Constantinos Christoforou, represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Cleopatra George Dalaras, renowned contemporary Greek singer Loukas Daralas, famous singer of rebetiko and father of George Dalaras Angela Dimitriou Diamanda Galas Giorgos Perris Mariana Efstratiou Elpida Evridiki Maria Farantouri Mario Frangoulis, tenor Keti Garbi, famous singer Sevas Hanum Thanos Kalliris Nektaria Karantzi Vasilis Karras Prodromos Kathiniotis Stelios Kazantzidis popular singer considered by many as the greatest of Greek popular music. Panos Kiamos Elli Kokkinou Stelios Konstantas Stavros Konstantinou, winner of Super Idol, the Greek version of Pop Idol Demetres Koutsavlakis Tim Lambesis Vicky Leandros Labis Livieratos Mando Kostas Martakis, finalist in Greek Eurovision choice of 2008 Giorgos Mazonakis Irini Merkouri Cat Stevens George Michael (Georgios Panayiotou), Greek-British pop singer Sarbel Michael, represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Dimitri Minakakis, former vocalist of The Dillinger Escape Plan Vicky Moscholiou Nana Mouskouri Argyris Nastopoulos Apostolos Nikolaidis Marika Ninou Froso Papaharalambous, of the Greek pop group Hi-5 Vasilis Papakonstantinou Giannis Poulopoulos, popular singer Elena Paparizou (aka Helena Paparizou), winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 representing Greece Apollo Papathanasio Giannis Ploutarxos Irini Psyhrami, of the Greek pop group Hi-5 Michalis Rakintzis Antonis Remos Kostas Roukounas Demis Roussos, pop singer, formerly with Vangelis in Aphrodite's Child Sakis Rouvas, World Music Award-winning pop/rock singer and entertainer Sabrina Kalomoira Saranti, Greek American singer who represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Elena Souliotis, soprano Nansy Stergiopoulou, of the Greek pop group Hi-5 Paschalis Terzis Natassa Theodoridou Marios Tokas, composer Panos Tserpes Babis Tsertos Despina Vandi, first Greek artist with a #1 in Billboard (Dance charts-USA); World Music Award winner in 2002 Alex Varkatzas, Lead singer of metalcore band Atreyu Anna Vissi Lia Vissi Tolis Voskopoulos Peggy Zina Marianna Zorba Theodosia Tsatsou Nikiforos Maro Litra Katerina Stikoudi Demy Tamta Tycoons [edit ] Writers [edit ] Ancient period [edit ] Medieval period [edit ] Modern period [edit ] General [edit ] Evangelos Katsioulis Established as the Smartest Man in the World according to his IQ Manolis Andronikos (1919–1992), archaeologist, discovered the Macedonian tombs in Vergina Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, President of organising committee, Athens 2004 Olympic Games Marie Aspioti, M.B.E, distinguished Corfiote magazine publisher and cultural figure who influenced the literary and cultural life of post-war Corfu Patriarch Athenagoras, former Patriarch of Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Greek-Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch George Bizos, Greek-South African human rights advocate Moisis Michail Bourlas, member of World War II Greek resistance Maria Callas, soprano Cornelius Castoriadis, economist and philosopher Zoe Cruz, co-president of Morgan Stanley Michael Dertouzos, internet pioneer Odysseas Elytis, poet and Nobel prizewinner Mario Frangoulis, opera singer Manolis Glezos, World War II veteran, grassroots democracy activist and politician Nikos Hadjinikolaou (born 1962), television news anchor, journalist Iakovos, Archbishop of America (died 2005), late primate of the Greek-Orthodox Archdiocese of America Sir Alec Issigonis, British-Greek creator of the Mini car Eleni Konsolaki, archaeologist who researched Methana and the Troezen area in 1990 Vissarion Korkoliacos (1908–1991), Greek Orthodox monk Polyvios Kossivas, bystander who became famous in the 2004 Olympic Games for helping a runner Makarios III, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Cyprus Spyridon Marinatos, archaeologist Melina Mercouri, actress, singer and politician Dimitri Nanopoulos, quantum physicist Lefteris Papadopoulos (born 1935), lyricist and journalist Dimitris Varos, Poet and journalist Dimitris Papaioannou, director and choreographer ; creator of the 2004 Summer Olympics ceremonies Andreas Petroulakis, cartoonist Saint Philomena, Patron saint of the Children of Mary and Catholic Saint & Martyr Nicos Poulantsas, political theorist Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, world known magician and illusionist that created Mindfreak; also known as Criss Angel George Sava, entertainment lawyer Giorgos Seferis, poet and Nobel prizewinner Angelos Sikelianos, poet Spyros Skouras, Greek-American movie mogul, president of 20th Century Fox Alex Spanos, Greek-American magnate Iannis Xenakis, modernist composer Panayiotis Zavos, geneticist Adamantios Vassilakis, diplomat Academics [edit ] Constantin Carathéodory, mathematician (1920s) Chris Argyris, organisational theorist Konstantinos Axelos, 1960s Situationist Apostolos Athanassakis, classicist Phaedon Avouris, nanotechnologist Demetrios Christodoulou, mathematical physicist George Constantinides, economist Helen Fessas-Emmanouil, architect Dimitrios Galanos, Sanskrit translator and Indologist Fotis Kafatos, biologist Jannis Kallinikos, organisational theorist Dimitri Kitsikis, historian, poet Andreas Mandelis, expert on photonics Doula Mouriki, Byzantine art historian Dimitri Nanopoulos, quantum physicist Nicholas Negroponte, author, IT evangelist and head of MIT Media Lab Irena Papadopoulos, author, professor of transcultural nursing Christos Papakyriakopoulos, mathematician Christos Papadimitriou, Computer Scientist George Papanicolaou, biologist John S. Paraskevopoulos, astronomer Nicholas A. Peppas, Chaired Professor in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin Vladimir Triandafillov (Triantafyllidis), Military strategist Haridimos Tsoukas, organisational theorist George Vithoulkas, teacher of Homeopathic medicine Xenophon Zolotas, economist See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ 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» ^  "Greek conductor and composer" ^  "This website is dedicated to preserving the musical memory of the late, great, Tatiana Troyanos, Greek-American Mezzo-Soprano" ^  "Eugenides is himself Greek-American, Detroit-born, suburb-raised-- all sources of inspiration for his second novel."