Leonidas I

540 BC - 480 BC

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Leonidas I (; Greek: Λεωνίδας; died 11 August 480 BCE) was a king of the Greek city-state of Sparta, and the 17th of the Agiad line, a dynasty which claimed descent from the mythical demigod Heracles. Leonidas I was a son of King Anaxandridas II. He succeeded his half-brother King Cleomenes I to the throne in c. 489 BCE. His co-ruler was King Leotychidas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leonidas I has received more than 6,439,114 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia. Leonidas I is the 242nd most popular politician (down from 187th in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Greece (down from 31st in 2019) and the 8th most popular Greek Politician.

Leonidas I is most famous for leading a small army of 300 Spartans to victory against the Persian Empire at the Battle of Thermopylae.

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Over the past year Leonidas I has had the most page views in the with 708,378 views, followed by Spanish (260,602), and Russian (126,277). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (106.35%), Slovenian (96.01%), and Vietnamese (75.63%)


Among politicians, Leonidas I ranks 242 out of 19,576Before him are Caracalla, Catherine I of Russia, Empress Dowager Cixi, Şehzade Mustafa, Suleiman II, and Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha. After him are Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Domitian, Muawiyah I, Cleisthenes, Ferdinand I of Austria, and António Guterres.

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Among people born in 540 BC, Leonidas I ranks 1After him are Miltiades, Amyntas I of Macedon, Leotychidas, Spurius Cassius Viscellinus, and Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis. Among people deceased in 480 BC, Leonidas I ranks 1After him are Ephialtes of Trachis, Mahapajapati Gotami, Cleombrotus, Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis, Onomacritus, and Hamilcar I of Carthage.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Leonidas I ranks 32 out of 1,024Before him are Spartacus (-109), Phidias (-490), Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Xenophon (-430), Demosthenes (-384), and Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493). After him are Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Ptolemy I Soter (-367), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Cleisthenes (-565), Gorgias (-483), and Themistocles (-524).


Among politicians born in Greece, Leonidas I ranks 8Before him are Pericles (-494), Kösem Sultan (1590), Philip II of Macedon (-382), Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), and Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493). After him are Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Cleisthenes (-565), Solon (-638), Alcibiades (-450), Constantine II of Greece (1940), and Peisistratos (-600).