565 BC - 492 BC


Cleisthenes (; Greek: Κλεισθένης, Kleisthénēs) 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. He was also credited with increasing the power of the Athenian citizens' assembly and for reducing the power of the nobility over Athenian politics.In 510 BC, Spartan troops helped the Athenians overthrow their king, the tyrant Hippias, son of Peisistratos. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cleisthenes has received more than 548,850 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 276th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Cleisthenes ranks 273 out of 14,801Before him are Ahmed II, Ashurbanipal, Alexander II of Russia, Konstantin Chernenko, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Theodoric the Great. After him are Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, Elizabeth of Russia, Sulla, Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Ahmed III, and Cardinal Mazarin.

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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 33 out of 698Before him are Demosthenes (-384), Protagoras (-486), Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), and Myron (-500). After him are Aristarchus of Samos (-311), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Polybius (-208), Alcibiades (-450), Olympias (-375), and Solon (-638).


Among politicians born in Greece, Cleisthenes ranks 9Before him are Philip II of Macedon (-382), Kösem Sultan (1590), Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), Leonidas I (-540), and Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493). After him are Alcibiades (-450), Solon (-638), Xanthippe (-500), Irene of Athens (752), Peleus (null), and Lycurgus of Sparta (-800).

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