638 BC - 558 BC

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Solon (Greek: Σόλων; c. 630 – c. 560 BC) was an archaic Athenian statesman, lawmaker, political philosopher, and poet. He is one of the Seven Sages of Greece and credited with laying the foundations for Athenian democracy. Solon's efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline resulted in his constitutional reform overturning most of Draco's laws. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Solon has received more than 1,866,715 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Solon is the 305th most popular politician, the 39th most popular biography from Greece (down from 38th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Greek Politician.

Solon was a lawgiver in ancient Athens. He was most famous for his reforms of the Athenian constitution.

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    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Solon has had the most page views in the with 204,091 views, followed by Russian (87,883), and Spanish (87,446). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Urdu (282.71%), Ido (76.86%), and Simple English (76.36%)


Among politicians, Solon ranks 305 out of 19,576Before him are Philip III of Spain, Peter III of Russia, Charles VI of France, Mahmud II, Slobodan Milošević, and Chagatai Khan. After him are Ahmed II, Helmut Kohl, Alfred the Great, George VI, Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Gerald Ford.

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Among people born in 638 BC, Solon ranks 1 Among people deceased in 558 BC, Solon ranks 1

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Solon ranks 39 out of 1,024Before him are Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Ptolemy I Soter (-367), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Cleisthenes (-565), Gorgias (-483), and Themistocles (-524). After him are Myron (-500), Alcibiades (-450), Draco (-650), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), Polybius (-208), and Theophrastus (-371).


Among politicians born in Greece, Solon ranks 11Before him are Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Leonidas I (-540), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), and Cleisthenes (-565). After him are Alcibiades (-450), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Peisistratos (-600), Xanthippe (-500), Irene of Athens (752), and Epaminondas (-418).