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Demosthenes (; Greek: Δημοσθένης, romanized: Dēmosthénēs; Attic Greek: [dɛːmosˈtʰenɛːs]; 384 – 12 October 322 BC) was a Greek statesman and orator in ancient Athens. His orations constitute a significant expression of contemporary Athenian intellectual prowess and provide insight into the politics and culture of ancient Greece during the 4th century BC. Demosthenes learned rhetoric by studying the speeches of previous great orators. He delivered his first judicial speeches at the age of 20, in which he successfully argued that he should gain from his guardians what was left of his inheritance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Demosthenes has received more than 1,496,248 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Demosthenes is the 168th most popular politician (down from 157th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Greece (down from 26th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Greek Politician.

Demosthenes was a Greek statesman and orator. He is best known for his speeches against the king of Persia, Philip II of Macedon, and the Athenian politician and general, Alexander the Great.

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Among politicians, Demosthenes ranks 168 out of 15,577Before him are William I, German Emperor, Skanderbeg, Rodrigo Duterte, Alexander I of Russia, Pol Pot, and Catherine I of Russia. After him are Batu Khan, Joanna of Castile, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Henry III of France, Akbar, and Reinhard Heydrich.

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Among people born in 384 BC, Demosthenes ranks 2Before him is Aristotle.  Among people deceased in 322 BC, Demosthenes ranks 2Before him is Diogenes. After him are Heraclides Ponticus, Hypereides, Leonnatus, Cleomenes of Naucratis, and Ariarathes I of Cappadocia.

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Among people born in Greece, Demosthenes ranks 29 out of 936Before him are El Greco (1541), Thucydides (-460), Phidias (-490), Bayezid II (1447), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), and Xenophon (-430). After him are Themistocles (-524), Leonidas I (-540), Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), and Gorgias (-483).


Among politicians born in Greece, Demosthenes ranks 6Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Pericles (-494), Kösem Sultan (1590), Philip II of Macedon (-382), and Bayezid II (1447). After him are Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Solon (-638), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), and Alcibiades (-450).