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Epaminondas (; Greek: Ἐπαμεινώνδας; 419/411–362 BC) was a Greek general 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 following their defeat in the Third 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 559,734 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Epaminondas is the 586th most popular politician (up from 612th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Greece (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 18th 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 586 out of 15,577Before him are Jadwiga of Poland, Anne, Queen of Great Britain, Manuel I Komnenos, Herbert Hoover, Oscar II of Sweden, and Frederick William IV of Prussia. After him are Shah Jahan, Khosrow I, Valens, Darius II, Hans Frank, and Ivan III of Russia.

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

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Among people born in Greece, Epaminondas ranks 63 out of 936Before him are Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Miltiades (-540), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Pyrrho (-365), Queen Sofía of Spain (1938), and Antisthenes (-445). After him are Peleus (null), Vangelis (1943), Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), and Irene of Athens (752).


Among politicians born in Greece, Epaminondas ranks 18Before him are Alcibiades (-450), Peisistratos (-600), Handan Sultan (1574), Xanthippe (-500), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), and Constantine II of Greece (1940). After him are Peleus (null), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Irene of Athens (752), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), and Paul of Greece (1901).