565 BC - 492 BC

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Cleisthenes ( KLYS-thin-eez; Greek: Κλεισθένης), or Clisthenes (c. 570 – c. 508 BC), was an ancient Athenian lawgiver credited with reforming the constitution of ancient Athens and setting it on a democratic footing in 508 BC. For these accomplishments, historians refer to him as "the father of Athenian democracy". He was a member of the aristocratic Alcmaeonid clan. He was the younger son of Megacles and Agariste making him the maternal grandson of the tyrant Cleisthenes of Sicyon. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cleisthenes has received more than 880,602 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Cleisthenes is the 246th most popular politician (down from 201st in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Greece (down from 34th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Greek Politician.

Cleisthenes was most famous for his reforms, which were aimed at creating a more democratic government.

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Over the past year Cleisthenes has had the most page views in the with 100,082 views, followed by Spanish (40,386), and French (26,043). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Latin (88.32%), Breton (73.20%), and Icelandic (58.50%)


Among politicians, Cleisthenes ranks 246 out of 19,576Before him are Suleiman II, Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, Leonidas I, Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Domitian, and Muawiyah I. After him are Ferdinand I of Austria, António Guterres, Charles II of Spain, Louis XI of France, Eva Perón, and Marcus Licinius Crassus.

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Among people born in 565 BC, Cleisthenes ranks 1After him is Anaxandridas II. Among people deceased in 492 BC, Cleisthenes ranks 1

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Among people born in Greece, Cleisthenes ranks 36 out of 1,024Before him are Demosthenes (-384), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Leonidas I (-540), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Ptolemy I Soter (-367), and Nurbanu Sultan (1525). After him are Gorgias (-483), Themistocles (-524), Solon (-638), Myron (-500), Alcibiades (-450), and Draco (-650).


Among politicians born in Greece, Cleisthenes ranks 10Before him are Philip II of Macedon (-382), Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Leonidas I (-540), and Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769). After him are Solon (-638), Alcibiades (-450), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Peisistratos (-600), Xanthippe (-500), and Irene of Athens (752).