Solon Biography

Poet, Legal Professional (c. 640 BCE–c. 560 BCE)
Greek statesman and poet Solon is considered one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece. He created a code of laws that became the basis of Athenian democracy.


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.

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