524 BC - 459 BC

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Themistocles (; Greek: Θεμιστοκλῆς Greek pronunciation: [tʰemistoklɛ̂ːs] Themistoklẽs; "Glory of the Law"; c. 524–459 BC) was an Athenian politician and general. He was one of a new breed of non-aristocratic politicians who rose to prominence in the early years of the Athenian democracy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Themistocles has received more than 1,449,250 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Themistocles is the 13th most popular military personnel (down from 12th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Greece (down from 24th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Greek Military Personnel.

Themistocles is most famous for leading the Athenian navy to victory against the Persians at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC.

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Among military personnels, Themistocles ranks 13 out of 1,466Before him are Erwin Rommel, Karl Dönitz, Charles Martel, Adolf Eichmann, William Wallace, and Chiang Kai-shek. After him are Khalid ibn al-Walid, Cao Cao, Heinz Guderian, Erich von Manstein, Prince Eugene of Savoy, and Pyrrhus of Epirus.

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Among people born in 524 BC, Themistocles ranks 1After him is Epicharmus of Kos. Among people deceased in 459 BC, Themistocles ranks 1

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Among people born in Greece, Themistocles ranks 25 out of 855Before him are Kösem Sultan (1590), Phidias (-490), Thucydides (-460), Sappho (-630), Aeschylus (-525), and Protagoras (-486). After him are Demosthenes (-384), Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Leonidas I (-540), Xenophon (-430), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), and Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318).


Among military personnels born in Greece, Themistocles ranks 3Before him are Alexander the Great (-356) and Spartacus (-109). After him are Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), Miltiades (-540), Seleucus I Nicator (-358), Hephaestion (-356), Cimon (-510), Mardonius (-600), Djemal Pasha (1872), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), and Parmenion (-400).