565 BC - 492 BC

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Cleisthenes ( KLYSE-thin-eez; Greek: Κλεισθένης, translit. Kleisthénēs, Attic Greek: [kleːstʰénɛːs]) or Clisthenes (Latin: Clīsthenēs [ˈkliːstʰɛneːs]) 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 667,143 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Cleisthenes is the 265th most popular politician (up from 273rd in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Greece (up from 33rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular Greek Politician.

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

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Among politicians, Cleisthenes ranks 265 out of 15,710Before him are Yuri Andropov, Theodore Roosevelt, Yitzhak Rabin, Charles XII of Sweden, Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Martin Bormann. After him are George IV of the United Kingdom, Philippe Pétain, Babur, Louis XVII of France, Matthias Corvinus, and Clara Zetkin.

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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 32 out of 855Before him are Demosthenes (-384), Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Leonidas I (-540), Xenophon (-430), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), and Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318). After him are Myron (-500), Aristarchus of Samos (-311), Polybius (-208), Alcibiades (-450), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), and Nurbanu Sultan (1525).


Among politicians born in Greece, Cleisthenes ranks 8Before him are Pericles (-494), Philip II of Macedon (-382), Kösem Sultan (1590), Demosthenes (-384), Leonidas I (-540), and Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493). After him are Alcibiades (-450), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Solon (-638), Peisistratos (-600), Constantine II of Greece (1940), and Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308).