494 BC - 429 BC

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Pericles (; Attic Greek: Περικλῆς, pronounced [pe.ri.klɛ̂ːs] in Classical Attic; c. 495 – 429 BC) was a Greek statesman and general of Athens during its golden age. Pericles was prominent and influential in Athenian politics, particularly between the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars, 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 2,888,012 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Pericles is the 37th most popular politician (up from 53rd in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Greece 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 37 out of 15,710Before him are Mikhail Gorbachev, Nero, Louis XVI of France, Justinian I, Marcus Aurelius, and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Huang Xianfan, Qin Shi Huang, David, Richard III of England, Maria Theresa, and Martin Van Buren.

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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 11 out of 855Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Pythagoras (-570), Spartacus (-109), Sophocles (-497), and Epicurus (-341). After him are Democritus (-460), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921), El Greco (1541), Philip II of Macedon (-382), Aristophanes (-448), and Plutarch (46).


Among politicians born in Greece, Pericles ranks 2Before him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881). After him are Philip II of Macedon (-382), Kösem Sultan (1590), Demosthenes (-384), Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Alcibiades (-450), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Solon (-638), and Peisistratos (-600).