Solon was born circa 640 B.C.E. In 594 B.C.E, he was elected Chief Magistrate. In office, he developed a humane code of laws that formed the foundation of Athenian democracy and ended aristocratic government control. After his tenure, Solon spent a decade in voluntary exile, and wrote poetry that influenced Athenian learning. Solon lived to an advanced age and died circa 560 B.C.E.