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Lycurgus of Sparta

800 BC - 730 BC

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Lycurgus (; Greek: Λυκοῦργος Lykourgos; fl. c. 820 BC) was the legendary lawgiver of Sparta. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lycurgus of Sparta has received more than 654,406 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Lycurgus of Sparta is the 481st most popular politician (up from 548th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Greece (down from 56th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Greek Politician.

Lycurgus of Sparta is most famous for his reforms that made Sparta one of the most powerful city-states in Greece. Lycurgus created a new constitution, which separated the government into three branches: the ephors, the senate, and the assembly. The assembly was made up of all male citizens, and the senate was made up of those who were elected by the assembly. The ephors were the representatives of the king, and they had the power to veto any decision made by the other two branches.

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Among politicians, Lycurgus of Sparta ranks 481 out of 15,577Before him are Xanthippe, Agrippina the Younger, Ibn Saud, Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor, Artaxerxes I of Persia, and Richard II of England. After him are Lucius Verus, Peter II of Russia, Atahualpa, Alexios I Komnenos, Juan Perón, and Charles IV of France.

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Among people born in 800 BC, Lycurgus of Sparta ranks 4Before him are Homer, Hesiod, and Isaiah. After him are Amos, Hezekiah, Manasseh of Judah, Esarhaddon, Hoshea, Achaemenes, Jotham of Judah, and Titus Tatius. Among people deceased in 730 BC, Lycurgus of Sparta ranks 1After him is Shoshenq V.

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Among people born in Greece, Lycurgus of Sparta ranks 57 out of 936Before him are Handan Sultan (1574), Theophrastus (-371), Menander (-342), Pope Sixtus II (215), Xanthippe (-500), and Polykleitos (-450). After him are Miltiades (-540), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Pyrrho (-365), Queen Sofía of Spain (1938), Antisthenes (-445), and Epaminondas (-418).


Among politicians born in Greece, Lycurgus of Sparta ranks 16Before him are Solon (-638), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Alcibiades (-450), Peisistratos (-600), Handan Sultan (1574), and Xanthippe (-500). After him are Constantine II of Greece (1940), Epaminondas (-418), Peleus (null), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Irene of Athens (752), and Constantine I of Greece (1868).