Leonidas I

540 BC - 480 BC

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Leonidas I (; Greek: Λεωνίδας; died 19 September 480 BC) was a king of the Greek city-state of Sparta, and the 17th of the Agiad line, a dynasty which claimed descent from the mythological demigod Heracles and Cadmus. Leonidas I was son of King Anaxandridas II. He succeeded his half-brother King Cleomenes I to the throne in c. 489 BC. His co-ruler was King Leotychidas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leonidas I has received more than 5,408,466 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Leonidas I is the 189th most popular politician (down from 164th in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Greece (down from 28th in 2019) and the 7th most popular 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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Among politicians, Leonidas I ranks 189 out of 15,577Before him are Marcus Licinius Crassus, Kublai Khan, Alp Arslan, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Donald Trump. After him are Jawaharlal Nehru, Louis the Pious, Caracalla, Salvador Allende, Klemens von Metternich, and Titus.

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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, Cleombrotus, Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis, Onomacritus, and Hamilcar I of Carthage.

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Among people born in Greece, Leonidas I ranks 31 out of 936Before him are Phidias (-490), Bayezid II (1447), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Xenophon (-430), Demosthenes (-384), and Themistocles (-524). After him are Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Gorgias (-483), Ptolemy I Soter (-367), and Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318).


Among politicians born in Greece, Leonidas I ranks 7Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Pericles (-494), Kösem Sultan (1590), Philip II of Macedon (-382), Bayezid II (1447), and Demosthenes (-384). After him are Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Solon (-638), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Alcibiades (-450), and Peisistratos (-600).