494 BC - 429 BC

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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 Ancient 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". Pericles turned the Delian League into an Athenian empire and led his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pericles has received more than 4,099,518 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Pericles is the 47th most popular politician (down from 42nd in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Greece (up from 12th 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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Over the past year Pericles has had the most page views in the with 433,998 views, followed by Spanish (218,614), and French (162,706). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Mingrelian (49,600.00%), Friulian (494.08%), and Ido (420.11%)


Among politicians, Pericles ranks 47 out of 19,576Before him are Yasser Arafat, Andrew Johnson, Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S. Grant, Louis XV of France, and Mikhail Gorbachev. After him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Nero, Justinian I, Josip Broz Tito, Akhenaten, and William IV of the United Kingdom.

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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 10 out of 1,024Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Pythagoras (-570), Homer (-800), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), and Sophocles (-497). After him are Democritus (-460), Epicurus (-341), El Greco (1541), Kösem Sultan (1590), Saint Stephen (1), 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), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Leonidas I (-540), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Cleisthenes (-565), Solon (-638), and Alcibiades (-450).