600 BC - 500 BC

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Demaratus (Greek: Δημάρατος Demaratos; Doric: Δαμάρατος Damaratos) was a king of Sparta from around 515 BC to 491 BC. The 15th of the Eurypontid line, he was the first son born to his father, King Ariston.As king, Demaratus is known chiefly for his opposition to the co-ruling Spartan king, Cleomenes I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Demaratus has received more than 115,802 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Demaratus is the 3,208th most popular politician (down from 2,987th in 2019), the 214th most popular biography from Greece (down from 212th in 2019) and the 86th most popular Politician.

Demaratus was a king of Sparta who was exiled from his homeland and became a citizen of Persia. He is most famous for warning Xerxes about the difficulties that would arise if he invaded Greece.

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Among politicians, Demaratus ranks 3,208 out of 15,577Before him are Vratislaus II of Bohemia, Shamshi-Adad V, Philotas, Baydu, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, and Kuniaki Koiso. After him are Sa'id of Egypt, Nicola Amati, Al-Muqtadir, Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Hetepheres I, and Demetris Christofias.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Demaratus ranks 30Before him are Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, Cleomenes I, Mahapajapati Gotami, Ibycus, Datis, and Lars Porsena. After him are Neriglissar, Horatius Cocles, Artaphernes, Hipparchus, Hiero I of Syracuse, and Aristagoras. Among people deceased in 500 BC, Demaratus ranks 14Before him are Rāhula, Diogenes of Apollonia, Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, Obadiah, and Lars Porsena. After him are Polygnotus, Eurybiades, Himilco, Amestris, Anytus, and Ageladas.

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Among people born in Greece, Demaratus ranks 214 out of 936Before him are Agis IV (-265), Lafcadio Hearn (1850), Pelopidas (-450), Bacchylides (-490), Prince George of Greece and Denmark (1869), and Cylon of Athens (-700). After him are Philostratus (170), Konstantinos Stephanopoulos (1926), Archelaus (-500), Agathon (-448), Alexander I of Epirus (-362), and Thessalonike of Macedon (-352).


Among politicians born in Greece, Demaratus ranks 86Before him are Andreas Papandreou (1919), Philopoemen (-253), Agis IV (-265), Pelopidas (-450), Prince George of Greece and Denmark (1869), and Cylon of Athens (-700). After him are Konstantinos Stephanopoulos (1926), Alexander I of Epirus (-362), Thessalonike of Macedon (-352), Antiphon (-480), Herodes Atticus (101), and Hipparchus (-600).