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The first legislator of Athens, he replaced the prevailing system of oral law and blood feud by a written code to be enforced only by a court.
One of the Seven Sages, he tried to legislate against political, economic, moral decline in archaic Athens and is credited with having laid the foundations for Athenian democracy.
This 'father of Athenian democracy' reformed the constitution of ancient Athens and set it on a democratic footing in 508 BC.
He was the most influential statesman of Athens during the Golden Age between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars and turned Athens into the cultural center of the Greek world.
This Athenian statesman and skilled orator strove to restore Athens' supremacy and motivate his compatriots against Philip II of Macedon.
This Theban general broke Spartan military power with his victory at Leuctra in 371 BC and liberated the Messenian helots. He first used the military tactic of Oblique Order.
This tyrant ruled in Athens between 561 and 527 BC. He greatly reduced the privileges of the aristocracy and funded many religious and artistic programs.
This politician and general increased the naval power of Athens and scored a decisive victory against the Persians, luring their fleet into the Straits of Salamis.
He created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from the Ionian Sea to the Himalayas and remained undefeated in battle.
The father of Alexander the Great, he reformed the army and established the League of Corinth which embedded Macedonian hegemony over Greece.
This king of Sparta is noted for his heroic stand against the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480.
This Spartan admiral defeated the Athenians at Aegospotami in 405 BC and one year later forced them to capitulate, bringing the Peloponnesian War to an end.
He was the legendary lawgiver of Sparta, who established the military-oriented reformation of Spartan society.
This Athenian statesman led the disastrous Sicilian Expedition during the Peloponnesian War and changed his political allegiance on several occasions.
This Greek tyrant of Syracuse made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He was regarded by the ancients as an example of the worst kind of despot.
This Athenian statesman was a strategos during the Peloponnesian War and the first prominent representative of the commercial class in Athenian politics.
This Athenian politician, son of Miltiades, played a key role in creating the powerful Athenian maritime empire following the failure of the Persian invasion of Greece.
The father of Cimon, he is is credited with devising the tactics that defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.
This king of the Molossians, Epirus and Macedon was one of the strongest opponents of early Rome. Some of his battles, though successful, cost him heavy losses.
He was the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians and is often described as the father of tragedy. He wrote 'The Oresteia' and 'The Persians'.
He is one of the three ancient Greek tragedians and the author of 'Antigone' and 'Oedipus the King'.
He was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens. His works include 'Iphigenia in Tauris' and 'Medea'.
The greatest of ancient Greek epic poets, he is the author of the 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey'.
This writer is the major source on Greek mythology, farming techniques, early economic thought, archaic Greek astronomy and ancient time-keeping.
He has been called 'The Father of History' and was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent, and arrange them.
He was a Greek historian and Athenian general. His 'History of the Peloponnesian War' recounts the war between Sparta and Athens.
This philosopher who 'knew that he knew nothing' was the teacher of Plato and the protagonist of Plato’s dialogues.
This philosopher and student of Socrates founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.
This philosopher was the teacher of Alexander the Great and the author of the Nicomachean Ethics.
One of the Seven Sages, this philosopher is regarded as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition and the one Western philosophy began with.
For this philosopher everything was related to mathematics and numbers were the ultimate reality. He influenced Plato and discovered a theorem that was named after him.
This philosopher is famous for his insistence on ever-present change in the universe, as stated in the famous saying, 'No man ever steps in the same river twice'.
The founder of the Elatic school, this philosopher taught the deceitfulness of the world of appearance and that reality actually is one and change impossible.
The founder of the Stoic school, this philosopher laid great emphasis on goodness and peace of mind gained from living a life of Virtue in accordance with Nature.
For this philosopher, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia—peace and freedom from fear—and aponia—the absence of pain.
One of the leading scientists in classical antiquity, he laid the foundations of hydrostatics, statics and an explanation of the principle of the lever.
This astronomer and mathematician presented the first known model that placed the Sun at the center of the known universe with the Earth revolving around it.
This general under Alexander the Great became ruler of Egypt and founder of a Kingdom and Dynasty named after him.
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