384 BC - 322 BC

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Demosthenes (; Greek: Δημοσθένης, romanized: Dēmosthénēs; Attic Greek: [dɛːmosˈtʰenɛːs]; 384 – 12 October 322 BC) was a Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. His orations constitute a significant expression of contemporary Athenian intellectual prowess and provide an 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 argued effectively to 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 1,236,840 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Demosthenes is the 157th most popular politician (up from 172nd in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Greece (up from 27th in 2019) and the 5th 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 157 out of 15,710Before him are Caracalla, Joseph Goebbels, Oliver Cromwell, Pol Pot, Henry III of France, and Ho Chi Minh. After him are Batu Khan, Brutus the Younger, Cyrus the Great, Joanna of Castile, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and Mustafa I.

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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 26 out of 855Before him are Phidias (-490), Thucydides (-460), Sappho (-630), Aeschylus (-525), Protagoras (-486), and Themistocles (-524). After him are Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Leonidas I (-540), Xenophon (-430), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), and Cleisthenes (-565).


Among politicians born in Greece, Demosthenes ranks 5Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Pericles (-494), Philip II of Macedon (-382), and Kösem Sultan (1590). After him are Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Alcibiades (-450), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Solon (-638), and Peisistratos (-600).