Cylon of Athens

700 BC - 700 BC

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Cylon (Greek: Κύλων Kylon) was an Athenian associated with the first reliably dated event in Athenian history, the Cylonian Affair, an attempted seizure of power in the city. Cylon, one of the Athenian nobles and a previous victor of the Olympic Games, attempted a coup in 632 BC with support from Megara, where his father-in-law, Theagenes, was tyrant. The oracle at Delphi had advised him to seize Athens during a festival of Zeus, which Cylon understood to mean the Olympics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cylon of Athens has received more than 116,849 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Cylon of Athens is the 3,276th most popular politician (down from 3,037th in 2019), the 225th most popular biography from Greece (down from 205th in 2019) and the 91st most popular Greek Politician.

Cylon of Athens is most famous for being the ruler of Athens and being the father of Theseus.

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Among politicians, Cylon of Athens ranks 3,276 out of 15,710Before him are Christian Rakovsky, Eric II of Norway, Jean Moulin, Ramiro II of Aragon, Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, and Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry. After him are Herennius Etruscus, Hyeonjong of Goryeo, Thessalonike of Macedon, Abu Musa al-Ash'ari, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, and Akhmad Kadyrov.

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Among people born in 700 BC, Cylon of Athens ranks 14Before him are Amasis II, Periander, Phalaris, Psamtik II, Anacharsis, and Necho I. After him are Sinsharishkun, Harpagus, Phraortes, Cypselus, Philip I of Macedon, and Ashur-etil-ilani. Among people deceased in 700 BC, Cylon of Athens ranks 7Before him are Isaiah, Hesiod, Gyges of Lydia, Tyrtaeus, Achaemenes, and Jehoahaz of Judah. After him are Callinus, Perdiccas I of Macedon, Shebitku, Ariaramnes, Theopompus of Sparta, and Argaeus I of Macedon.

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Among people born in Greece, Cylon of Athens ranks 225 out of 855Before him are Berenice I of Egypt (-340), Antiphon (-480), Thrasybulus (-440), Alcamenes (-500), Idomeneus of Crete (null), and Aelia Eudocia (401). After him are Thessalonike of Macedon (-352), Cleobulus (-590), Jean Moréas (1856), George Maniakes (998), Herodes Atticus (101), and Alexandra of Yugoslavia (1921).


Among politicians born in Greece, Cylon of Athens ranks 91Before him are Andreas Papandreou (1919), Pausanias of Sparta (null), Calchas (null), Berenice I of Egypt (-340), Antiphon (-480), and Idomeneus of Crete (null). After him are Thessalonike of Macedon (-352), Herodes Atticus (101), Xanthippus (-590), Timoleon (-411), Anaxandridas II (-565), and Lycurgus of Athens (-390).