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Nonnos of Panopolis

Nonnos of Panopolis was a Greek writer. He was born in the 5th century BC (Akhmim in Egypt) and died also in the 5th century BC.

Nonnus of Panopolis was the most important epic of the imperial period.

His most famous work is called Dionysiaca. In 48 books, he describes the life of Dionysus from his birth to his deification. Included here is Dionysius' campaign against the Indian king Deriades, whose inspiration was Alexander the Great.

Nonnos did not influence many authors of his time, but he did influence followers. Among them were Pamprepios, Mousaios and Kolluthos.