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Pericles (; Greek: Περικλῆς; c. 495 – 429 BC) was a Greek politician and general during the Golden Age of Athens. He was prominent and influential in Athenian politics, particularly between the Greco-Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, and was acclaimed by Thucydides, a contemporary historian, as "the first citizen of Athens". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pericles has received more than 3,545,663 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia. Pericles is the 43rd most popular politician (down from 37th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Greece (down from 11th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Greek Politician.

Pericles is most famous for his leadership of Athens during the Peloponnesian War. He is also well known for his funeral oration, which is one of the most famous speeches in history.

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Among politicians, Pericles ranks 43 out of 15,577Before him are Justinian I, Richard III of England, Umar, Selim II, Franz Joseph I of Austria, and Akhenaten. After him are Maria Theresa, Ulysses S. Grant, Nero, Leon Trotsky, Peter the Great, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Among people born in 494 BC, Pericles ranks 1 Among people deceased in 429 BC, Pericles ranks 1

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Among people born in Greece, Pericles ranks 12 out of 936Before him are Pythagoras (-570), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Sophocles (-497), Democritus (-460), and Epicurus (-341). After him are Kösem Sultan (1590), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921), Aeschylus (-525), Spartacus (-109), Aristophanes (-448), and Euripides (-480).


Among politicians born in Greece, Pericles ranks 2Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881). After him are Kösem Sultan (1590), Philip II of Macedon (-382), Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Solon (-638), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), and Alcibiades (-450).