638 BC - 558 BC

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Solon (Greek: Σόλων; c. 630 – c. 560 BC) was an Athenian statesman, 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 he is often 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 1,421,843 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Solon is the 422nd most popular politician (down from 351st in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from Greece (down from 39th 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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Among politicians, Solon ranks 422 out of 15,710Before him are Sukarno, Macrinus, Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor, Louis the German, John III Sobieski, and Hongwu Emperor. After him are Idi Amin, Peisistratos, Christian VII of Denmark, Lothair I, Honorius, and Chagatai Khan.

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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 42 out of 855Before him are Alcibiades (-450), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Pindar (-517), Gorgias (-483), and Polykleitos (-450). After him are Peisistratos (-600), Menander (-342), Theophrastus (-371), Praxiteles (-395), Draco (-650), and Constantine II of Greece (1940).


Among politicians born in Greece, Solon ranks 11Before him are Demosthenes (-384), Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Alcibiades (-450), and Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769). After him are Peisistratos (-600), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Irene of Athens (752), and Xanthippe (-500).