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Pausanias (Greek: Παυσανίας; died c. 477 BC ) was a Spartan regent and a general who succeeded his father Cleombrotus who, in turn, succeeded king Leonidas I. In 479 BC, as a leader of the Hellenic League's combined land forces, Pausanias won a pivotal victory in the Battle of Plataea ending the Second Persian invasion of Greece. One year after the victories over Persians and Persian allies, Pausanias fell under suspicion of conspiring with the Persian king, Xerxes I to betray Greeks and died in 477 BC in Sparta starved to death by fellow citizens. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pausanias has received more than 56,312 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Pausanias is the 225th most popular military personnel (up from 226th in 2019), the 154th most popular biography from Greece (down from 147th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Greek Military Personnel.

Pausanias is most famous for his "Description of Greece" which is a peripatetic account of the Greek cities and monuments.

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Among military personnels, Pausanias ranks 225 out of 1,466Before him are Friedrich Olbricht, Maximilian von Weichs, Alfred von Tirpitz, Craterus, Zhang Liao, and Bai Qi. After him are Franz Stangl, Hans von Seeckt, Han Xin, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, and Maxime Weygand.

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Among people born in Greece, Pausanias ranks 154 out of 855Before him are Georgios Papadopoulos (1919), Gorgo, Queen of Sparta (-506), Craterus (-370), Brasidas (-500), Demetrius Vikelas (1835), and Antipope Alexander V (1339). After him are Nicias (-500), Cleomenes III (-260), Aeschines (-389), Callisthenes (-360), Prodicus (-460), and Periander (-700).


Among military personnels born in Greece, Pausanias ranks 15Before him are Mardonius (-600), Djemal Pasha (1872), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), Parmenion (-400), Lysander (-401), and Craterus (-370). After him are Nearchus (-356), Thrasybulus (-440), George Maniakes (998), Conon (-401), Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770), and Callimachus (-600).