This is a listing of writers who lived prior to about 400 CE. Most of them were either Greek or Roman, but some of other nationalities are included. Many works of these writers are no longer in existence, in whole or in part. Titles are given when known. These may be written in the original language. Sometimes an English translation is given. After each title is given the type of literature that it is. Titles marked with an asterisk * are of uncertain authorship.
The dates of each writer, as available, are included. When “c” is used, it means about the year of. When “fl” is used, it means that the exact time period is not known, but it is believed that he was prominent or “flourished” at that time.