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Solon (Greek: Σόλων; c. 630 – c. 560 BC) was an Athenian statesman, constitutional lawmaker and poet. He is remembered particularly for his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in Archaic Athens. His reforms failed in the short term, yet Solon is credited with having laid the foundations for Athenian democracy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Solon has received more than 1,613,921 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Solon is the 307th most popular politician (up from 422nd in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Greece (up from 42nd in 2019) and the 10th 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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Among politicians, Solon ranks 307 out of 15,577Before him are Raúl Castro, Sulla, Hugh Capet, Jacques Chirac, Croesus, and Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Louis XVIII of France, Sargon of Akkad, Viktor Yanukovych, Park Chung-hee, Christina, Queen of Sweden, and Muawiyah I.

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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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Among people born in Greece, Solon ranks 38 out of 936Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Gorgias (-483), Ptolemy I Soter (-367), and Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318). After him are Myron (-500), Polybius (-208), Aristarchus of Samos (-311), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Leucippus (-500), and Alcibiades (-450).


Among politicians born in Greece, Solon ranks 10Before him are Philip II of Macedon (-382), Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), and Cleisthenes (-565). After him are Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Alcibiades (-450), Peisistratos (-600), Handan Sultan (1574), Xanthippe (-500), and Lycurgus of Sparta (-800).