Ioannis Metaxas

1871 - 1941

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Ioannis Metaxas (; Greek: Ιωάννης Μεταξάς; 12 April 1871 – 29 January 1941) was a Greek military officer and politician who was Prime Minister of Greece from 1936 until his death in 1941. He governed constitutionally for the first four months of his tenure, and thereafter as the strongman leader of the 4th of August Regime following his appointment by King George II. Born to an aristocratic family in Ithaca, Metaxas took part in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 and the Balkan Wars (1912–13), and quickly rose through the ranks of the Hellenic Army. As a monarchist during the National Schism, Metaxas unsuccessfully opposed Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos and Greece's entry in World War I; he was exiled to Corsica in response in 1917. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ioannis Metaxas has received more than 1,046,098 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. Ioannis Metaxas is the 1,732nd most popular politician (down from 1,520th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from Greece (up from 130th in 2019) and the 45th most popular Greek Politician.

Ioannis Metaxas was most famous for being the dictator of Greece from 1936 to 1941.

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Among politicians, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 1,732 out of 19,576Before him are Bao Zheng, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia, Shepseskaf, Seti II, and Jean-Jacques Dessalines. After him are Nikola IV Zrinski, Karl Renner, Uesugi Kenshin, Galeazzo Ciano, Ptolemy VII Neos Philopator, and Salome Zourabichvili.

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Among people born in 1871, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 17Before him are Grazia Deledda, Albert Lebrun, Heinrich Mann, Victor Grignard, Lesya Ukrainka, and Elena of Montenegro. After him are Theodore Dreiser, Georges Rouault, František Kupka, Giacomo Balla, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Grand Duke George Alexandrovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1941, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 17Before him are Walther Nernst, Arthur Evans, Robert Delaunay, James George Frazer, Paul Sabatier, and El Lissitzky. After him are Hans Spemann, Marina Tsvetaeva, Frederick Banting, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Edward Rydz-Śmigły, and Ernst Udet.

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Among people born in Greece, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 128 out of 1,024Before him are Parmenion (-400), Oruç Reis (1473), Critias (-460), Mardonius (-600), Callicrates (-470), and Prodicus (-460). After him are Chilon of Sparta (-600), Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Perseus of Macedon (-212), Demetrius of Phalerum (-350), Philip V of Macedon (-238), and Hippias (-600).


Among politicians born in Greece, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 45Before him are Eleftherios Venizelos (1864), Necho II (-625), Polycrates (-600), John III Doukas Vatatzes (1192), Oruç Reis (1473), and Critias (-460). After him are Perseus of Macedon (-212), Philip V of Macedon (-238), Hippias (-600), Antonia Minor (-36), Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776), and Georgios Papadopoulos (1919).