600 BC - 490 BC

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Pheidippides (Greek: Φειδιππίδης, Ancient Greek pronunciation: [pʰeː.dip.pí.dɛːs], Modern Greek: [fi.ðiˈpi.ðis]; "Son of Pheídippos") or Philippides (Φιλιππίδης) is the central figure in the story that inspired a modern sporting event, the marathon race. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pheidippides has received more than 1,249,551 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Pheidippides is the 37th most popular social activist (up from 38th in 2019), the 97th most popular biography from Greece (up from 101st in 2019) and the most popular Greek Social Activist.

Pheidippides is most famous for being the runner who ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver the news of the victory over the Persians.

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Among social activists, Pheidippides ranks 37 out of 544Before him are Emma Goldman, Jan Palach, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Sadako Sasaki, Sophie Scholl, and Jimmy Hoffa. After him are Omar Mukhtar, Simon Wiesenthal, Alexey Stakhanov, Carl von Ossietzky, Stenka Razin, and Élie Ducommun.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Pheidippides ranks 15Before him are Belshazzar, Cambyses I, Polycrates, Alexander I of Macedon, Lucius Junius Brutus, and Maya. After him are Mardonius, Hippasus, Chilon of Sparta, Thespis, Hippias, and Bias of Priene. Among people deceased in 490 BC, Pheidippides ranks 1After him are Hippias, Datis, Yan Hui, and Titus Lucretius Tricipitinus.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Pheidippides ranks 97 out of 855Before him are Nestor (null), Aristides (-550), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), Polycrates (-600), Irene Papas (1929), and John III Doukas Vatatzes (1192). After him are Alexander of Greece (1893), Philomena (291), Pope Hyginus (100), Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt (1789), Ephialtes of Trachis (-550), and Theo Angelopoulos (1935).


Among social activists born in Greece, Pheidippides ranks 1After him are Yiannis Ritsos (1909), Campaspe (-400), Mentor of Rhodes (-380), and Isaeus (-420).