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, serving as 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 of the 4th of August Regime after 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), quickly rising through the ranks of the Hellenic Army. A Monarchist during the National Schism, Metaxas unsuccessfully opposed Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos and Greece's entry in World War I; thus, he was exiled to Corsica in 1917. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ioannis Metaxas has received more than 770,156 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Ioannis Metaxas is the 1,597th most popular politician (down from 1,593rd in 2019), the 129th most popular biography from Greece (down from 125th in 2019) and the 47th 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 1,597 out of 15,710Before him are Musaylimah, Lala Mustafa Pasha, Peter IV of Aragon, Moshe Sharett, Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, and John IV of Portugal. After him are Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia, Æthelred I, King of Wessex, Louis II of Italy, Elisa Bonaparte, Pasquale Paoli, and Afonso III of Portugal.

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Among people born in 1871, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 15Before him are Pietro Badoglio, Heinrich Mann, Theodore Dreiser, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Victor Grignard, and Albert Lebrun. After him are Grazia Deledda, Elena of Montenegro, František Kupka, Georges Rouault, Giacomo Balla, and Lesya Ukrainka. Among people deceased in 1941, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 18Before him are Emanuel Lasker, Robert Delaunay, Maurice Leblanc, El Lissitzky, Paul Sabatier, and Marina Tsvetaeva. After him are Werner Sombart, Ernst Udet, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Frederick Banting, Werner Mölders, and Hans Spemann.

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Among people born in Greece, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 129 out of 855Before him are Epimenides (-690), Thespis (-600), Phryne (-371), Cratylus (-500), Callicrates (-470), and Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620). After him are Melina Mercouri (1920), Costa-Gavras (1933), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), Saint Titus (13), Agesilaus II (-444), and Demetrius of Phalerum (-350).


Among politicians born in Greece, Ioannis Metaxas ranks 47Before him are Perseus of Macedon (-212), Philip V of Macedon (-238), Eleftherios Venizelos (1864), Creon (null), Philoctetes (null), and Phryne (-371). After him are Agesilaus II (-444), Pleistarchus (-500), Oruç Reis (1473), Hippias (-600), Sophia Palaiologina (1455), and Georgios Papadopoulos (1919).