418 BC - 362 BC

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Epaminondas (; Ancient Greek: Ἐπαμεινώνδας, romanized: Epameinṓndas; c. 418 BC – 362 BC) was a Greek general (strategos/Boeotarch) of Thebes and statesman of the 4th century BC who transformed the Ancient Greek city-state of Thebes, leading it out of Spartan subjugation into a pre-eminent position in Greek politics called the Theban Hegemony. In the process he broke Spartan military power with his victory at Leuctra and liberated the Messenian helots, a group of Peloponnesian Greeks who had been enslaved under Spartan rule for some 230 years after being defeated in the Messenian War ending in 600 BC. Epaminondas reshaped the political map of Greece, fragmented old alliances, created new ones, and supervised the construction of entire cities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Epaminondas has received more than 392,780 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Epaminondas is the 613th most popular politician (up from 667th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Greece (up from 65th in 2019) and the 20th most popular Greek Politician.

Epaminondas was a Theban general and statesman of the 4th century BC. He is most famous for his victory over the Spartans at Leuctra in 371 BC.

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Among politicians, Epaminondas ranks 613 out of 15,710Before him are Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib, Louis VI of France, Elena Ceaușescu, Anne, Queen of Great Britain, Nebuchadnezzar I, and Edmund Burke. After him are Ptolemy XIV of Egypt, Claudius Gothicus, Nurhaci, Suharto, Vidkun Quisling, and Arthur Seyss-Inquart.

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Among people born in 418 BC, Epaminondas ranks 1 Among people deceased in 362 BC, Epaminondas ranks 1After him are Nectanebo I and Datames.

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Among people born in Greece, Epaminondas ranks 62 out of 855Before him are Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Irene of Athens (752), Xanthippe (-500), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Andromache (null), and Seleucus I Nicator (-358). After him are Leucippus (-500), Pope Dionysius (200), Peleus (null), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Mikis Theodorakis (1925), and Isocrates (-436).


Among politicians born in Greece, Epaminondas ranks 20Before him are Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Irene of Athens (752), Xanthippe (-500), Constantine I of Greece (1868), and Andromache (null). After him are Peleus (null), Paul of Greece (1901), John V Palaiologos (1332), Antigonus I Monophthalmus (-382), Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882), and Lysimachus (-361).