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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 two moderns sporting events, the marathon race and the Spartathlon. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pheidippides has received more than 1,491,712 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Pheidippides is the 30th most popular social activist (up from 37th in 2019), the 89th most popular biography from Greece (up from 97th 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 30 out of 538Before him are Irena Sendler, Bertha von Suttner, Thomas Müntzer, Emiliano Zapata, Omar Mukhtar, and Martin Niemöller. After him are Élie Ducommun, Ferdinand Lassalle, Simon Wiesenthal, Sadako Sasaki, Emily Greene Balch, and Simon bar Kokhba.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Pheidippides ranks 11Before him are Lucretia, Peisistratos, Servius Tullius, Ānanda, Belshazzar, and Cambyses I. After him are Hippasus, Maya, Alexander I of Macedon, Yaśodharā, Polycrates, and Mardonius. 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 89 out of 936Before him are Archilochus (-680), Giorgio de Chirico (1888), Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882), Antigonus I Monophthalmus (-382), Aristides (-550), and Simonides of Ceos (-556). After him are Lysimachus (-361), Philip III of Macedon (-359), Dionysius the Areopagite (100), George II of Greece (1890), Oruç Reis (1473), and Cimon (-510).


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