600 BC - 527 BC

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Peisistratos (Greek: Πεισίστρατος; late 7th century BC – 528/27 BC), Latinized as Pisistratus, was a ruler of ancient Athens during most of the period between 561 and 527 BC. His unification of Attica, the triangular peninsula of Greece containing Athens, along with economic and cultural improvements laid the groundwork for the later preeminence of Athens in ancient Greece. His legacy lies primarily in his institution of the Panathenaic Games, historically assigned the date of 566 BC, and the consequent first attempt at producing a definitive version of the Homeric epics. Peisistratos' championing of the lower class of Athens, the hyperakrioi (see below), is an early example of populism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peisistratos has received more than 401,956 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Peisistratos is the 424th most popular politician (down from 383rd in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Greece and the 12th most popular Greek Politician.

Peisistratos was most famous for his use of tyrants to rule Athens.

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Among politicians, Peisistratos ranks 424 out of 15,710Before him are Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor, Louis the German, John III Sobieski, Hongwu Emperor, Solon, and Idi Amin. After him are Christian VII of Denmark, Lothair I, Honorius, Chagatai Khan, Alfred Rosenberg, and Henry II of England.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Peisistratos ranks 7Before him are Cyrus the Great, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, Esther, Lucretia, Ānanda, and Servius Tullius. After him are Tomyris, Belshazzar, Cambyses I, Polycrates, Alexander I of Macedon, and Lucius Junius Brutus. Among people deceased in 527 BC, Peisistratos ranks 1After him is Mahavira.

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Among people born in Greece, Peisistratos ranks 43 out of 855Before him are Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Pindar (-517), Gorgias (-483), Polykleitos (-450), and Solon (-638). After him are Menander (-342), Theophrastus (-371), Praxiteles (-395), Draco (-650), Constantine II of Greece (1940), and Miltiades (-540).


Among politicians born in Greece, Peisistratos ranks 12Before him are Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Alcibiades (-450), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), and Solon (-638). After him are Constantine II of Greece (1940), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Irene of Athens (752), Xanthippe (-500), and Constantine I of Greece (1868).