Solon the Law-Giver of Athens
Solon - Who Was Solon
Solon, one of the 7 sages, was an important leader, a law-giver, and poet of ancient Athens.
Solon first came to prominence in about 600 for his patriotic exhortations when the Athenians were fighting a war with Megara for possession of Salamis. Solon was elected eponymous archon (the magistrate whose name the year is known by) in 594/3 B.C. and then, perhaps, again about 20 years later.
Solon and the Rise of Democracy
First coming to prominence, in about 600 B.C., for his patriotic exhortations when the Athenians were fighting a war with Megara for possession of Salamis, Solon was elected Eponymous Archon in 594/3 B.C. and then, perhaps, again about 20 years later. Because of his reform compromises and other legislation, posterity refers to him as Solon the lawgiver.
Solon's Salaminian Descent
Guest feature by Michael Bakaoukas. Diogenes Laertius and Diodorus Siculus present evidence that Solon, the lawgiver of Athens, was actually from Salamis.