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Zoroaster (Zarthushtra), Ancient Iranian prophet, Avesta’s Gathas

Rishis (“Seers”), authors of the Rig Veda, Ancient India/Sanskrit

The Indian/Sanskit  epics Ramayana and Mahabharata (which also includes the Bhagavad Gita)

David, Ancient Jewish prophet/king, the Book of Psalms attributed to him

Homer, Ancient Greece; epic poems the Illiad and the Odyssey attributed to him

Hesiod, Ancient Greek poet

The Dhammapada attributed to the Gautama Buddha

The Panchatantra in Sanskrit and the Kalila va Dimnah in Persian

The Analects of Confucius (551-479 B.C.)

Lao-tsu (Laozi), Ancient Chinese sage, Tao Te Ching attributed to him

Chaung-tzu (Zhuangzi) (4th-3rd BC), Chinese Taoist sage

Virgil (70–19 BC), Roman poet

Horace (65-8 BC), Roman poet

Ovid (43 BC– 17 CE), Roman poet

Kâlidasâ (4th-5th century AD), Indian Sanskrit poet

Hsieh Ling-Yun (Xie Lingyun) (365-427 AD), Chinese Buddhist poet

Wang Wei (699-759), Chinese poet

Li Po (Li Bai), (701-762), Chinese poet

Tu Fu (712-770), Chinese poet

Po Chu-i (Bai Juyi) (772-846), Chinese poet

Layman Pang (Pang Yun) (8th century), Chinese Zen/Taoist poet

Shide (9th century), Chinese Buddhist poet

Hân-shân (“Cold Mountain”) (9th century), Chinese Taoist/Zen poet

Kūkai (774–835), Japanese Buddhist poet

Râbi’a (8th century), Sufi Poetess