Famous Greek Leaders

Ancient Greece had been the mecca of all things grand. From colossal architectures to rich culture, scientific discoveries to mathematical findings, greatest poets to legendary writers, founders of philosophy to father of history, Greece has seen it all. It was by far the greatest civilization in history which valued history, education, people and place. And adding greatness to them all were Greek leaders. Brave and valiant, they were the real heroes of Greece who spearheaded the country to what it is today. Remember Greek leader Alexander the Great? He is till date regarded as the greatest military commander in history. Alexander was responsible for the expansion of Greek empire to its greatest size. Such was his heroism that he never lost a battle fought! Other prominent Greek leaders of the ancient times include Cleisthenes, who is best known as the Father of Athenian Democracy, Demosthenes was considered the greatest Greek orator, Pericles led Greece during its Golden Age and was the force behind numerous structures that still adorn the landscape of Athens, Solon who laid the foundations for democracy in modern Greece and so on. Discover some more interesting information and facts about famous Greek leaders, their life and works with this segment.

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 1 Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas
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Famous As: Christian Saint
Birthdate: March 15, 0270
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Greek, Turkish
Died: December 6, 0343
Fourth-century Greek Christian bishop Saint Nicholas gave rise to the legend of "Santa Claus," associated with the tradition of gifting during Christmas. One legend states that he saved three girls from prostitution and dropped sacks of gold coins through their window to help their father pay for their dowry.

 2 Saint George

Saint George
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Famous As: Christian martyr
Birthdate: 0280 AD
Nationality: Greek, Israeli
Died: April 23, 0303

Saint George was a Christian soldier in the Roman army who is accepted as a saint in Christianity. He was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith and was executed by decapitation, according to Greek tradition.  Saint George's Day is celebrated in his memory on 23 April. He is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.

 3 Pericles

Pericles
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Famous As: First Citizen of Democratic Athens
Birthdate: 0494 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0429 BC

Pericles was an influential and prominent Greek statesman and orator. He also served as the general of Athens during fifth-century Athens, which came to be known as the Golden Age of Athens. Thanks to his efforts, Athens became known as the cultural and educational center of the ancient Greek world. Pericles is also credited with beautifying and protecting the city.

 4 Luke the Evangelist

Luke the Evangelist
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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Greek, Ancient Roman
Died: February 29, 0084

 5 Alexis Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras
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Famous As: Politician, Civil engineer
Birthdate: July 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Greek

 6 Seleucus I Nicator

Seleucus I Nicator
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: 0359 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0281 BC

Seleucus I Nicator was Alexander the Great’s right hand in his fight against Porus in India. He became the Babylonian governor after Alexander’s death and eventually formed the Seleucid empire. His conflict with Chandragupta Maurya ended with a marital alliance, and he secured his ties by sending Megasthenes to Pataliputra.

 7 Alcibiades

Alcibiades
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Famous As: Athenian Statesman
Birthdate: 0450 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0404 BC

After losing his father as a child, Alcibiades came under the tutelage of Socrates. He was known for his shifting allegiance, siding with Athens first, and then Sparta, during the Peloponnesian War. He was known to win wars more with his deceptive means than his military tactics.

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 8 Themistocles

Themistocles
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: 0524 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0459 BC

The 5th-century BC warrior politician Themistocles has gone down in history as one of the first to consolidate the Athenian navy. He is remembered for his victories in wars such as the Battle of Salamis. His exploits have been immortalized in movies such as 300: Rise of an Empire.

 9 Pyrrhus of Epirus

Pyrrhus of Epirus
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: 0319 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0272 BC

Greek king Pyrrhus, son of prince Aeacides, belonged to the Hellenistic period and ruled Epirus. His destructive losses in the wars that he fought gave rise to the term “Pyrrhic victory.” He fought against Rome in the Pyrrhic War and later died while fighting a street war in Argos.

 10 Hephaestion

Hephaestion
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: 0356 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0324 AD

 11 Draco

Draco
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Famous As: Legislator
Birthdate: 0650 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0600 BC

 12 Solon

Solon
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Famous As: Laid the foundations for Democracy in Athens.
Birthdate: 0638 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0558 BC

Solon was an Athenian lawmaker, statesman, and poet. He is best remembered for his efforts to legislate against the moral, economic, and political decline in archaic Athens. Although his efforts did not prove to be fruitful during his lifetime, Solon is often credited with laying the foundation for Athenian democracy. 

 13 Demosthenes

Demosthenes
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Famous As: Statesman & Orator
Birthdate: 0384 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0322 BC

 14 Ahab

Ahab
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Birthdate: 0900 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0852 BC

 15 Alexander of Greece

Alexander of Greece
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Greek
Died: October 25, 1920

 16 Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Kyriakos Mitsotakis
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Famous As: Politician, Banker
Birthdate: March 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Greek

 17 Cleisthenes

Cleisthenes
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: 0570 BC
Nationality: Greek

 18 Ioannis Metaxas

Ioannis Metaxas
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Famous As: Politician, Officer, Military personnel
Birthdate: April 12, 1871
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Greek
Died: January 29, 1941

 19 Maria Amalia Mercouri

Maria Amalia Mercouri
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Famous As: (empty)
Birthdate: October 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek
Died: March 6, 1994

 20 Irene

Irene
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Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: 0752 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: August 9, 0803

 21 Prokopis Pavlopoulos

Prokopis Pavlopoulos
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, University teacher
Birthdate: July 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Greek

 22 Eleuthérios Venizélos

Eleuthérios Venizélos
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Famous As: Prime minister of Greece
Birthdate: August 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Greek
Died: March 18, 1936

 23 Lysander

Lysander
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0395 BC

 24 Lycurgus

Lycurgus
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Famous As: Lawgiver, legislator
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Greek

 25 Georgios Papadopoulos

Georgios Papadopoulos
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Greek
Died: June 27, 1999

 26 Marcion of Sinope

Marcion of Sinope
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 0085 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0160 AD

 27 George Papandreou

George Papandreou
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Greek, American

 28 Andreas Papandreou

Andreas Papandreou
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Famous As: Politician, Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: February 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Greek
Died: June 23, 1996

 29 Cleon

Cleon
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Famous As: Athenian general
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0422 BC

 30 Pope Anacletus

Pope Anacletus
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Greek, Italian
Died: 0092 AD

 31 Ioannis Kapodistrias

Ioannis Kapodistrias
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: February 11, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Greek
Died: October 9, 1831

 32 Arrian

Arrian
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Famous As: Greek historian
Birthdate: 0086 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0146 AD

 33 Nikolaos Michaloliakos

Nikolaos Michaloliakos
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Famous As: politician, writer
Birthdate: December 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Greek

 34 Lysimachus

Lysimachus
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Famous As: officer
Birthdate: 0360 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: January 31, 0281

 35 Epaminondas

Epaminondas
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: 0418 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0362 BC

 36 Marcian

Marcian
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Birthdate: 0396 AD
Nationality: Greek

 37 Demetrius I of Macedon

Demetrius I of Macedon
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Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: 0337 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0283 BC

 38 Theodoros Kolokotronis

Theodoros Kolokotronis
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Famous As: politician, military personnel
Birthdate: April 3, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Greek
Died: February 4, 1843

 39 Miltiades the Younger

Miltiades the Younger
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 0550 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0489 BC

 40 Parmenion

Parmenion
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: 0400 BC
Nationality: Greek, Macedonian
Died: 0330 BC

 41 Brasidas

Brasidas
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0422 AD

 42 Konstantinos Karamanlis

Konstantinos Karamanlis
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 8, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Greek
Died: April 23, 1998

 43 Antonis Samaras

Antonis Samaras
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Greece
Birthdate: May 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Greek

 44 Konstantinos Mitsotakis

Konstantinos Mitsotakis
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek
Died: May 29, 2017

 45 Cimon

Cimon
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 0510 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0450 BC

 46 Andronikos II Palaiologos

Andronikos II Palaiologos
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: March 25, 1259
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Greek
Died: February 13, 1332

 47 Pope Telesphorus

Pope Telesphorus
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0137 AD

 48 Ptolemy III Euergetes

Ptolemy III Euergetes
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0222 AD

 49 Aristides

Aristides
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Famous As: Athenian statesman
Birthdate: 0530 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0468 BC

 50 Pope Sixtus II

Pope Sixtus II
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0215 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: August 6, 0258