Born: 524 BC
Born In: Frearrioi (modern Feriza close to Anavyssos)
Themistocles was an Athenian politician and military general. He was a commoner and garnered widespread support from his people. He championed democracy and was often at odds with the nobility. He rose to prominence when he was made the archon and got the chance to lead the entire Greek naval forces. He played an essential role in dismissing the Persian troops and thwarting their attempted conquest of Greece. He was an insightful man and had gauged the impending threat that Greece faced from Persia. He insisted on building a massive naval fleet that would be a match against the Persian armada. By the time the war was over, Themistocles had become an influential persona in Athens. However, with time, his strategies began to fail. He was then perceived as proud and arrogant by the Athenians, and his popular support declined. However, his status as an Athenian hero was redeemed after his death. Thucydides has described Themistocles as "a man who exhibited the most indubitable signs of genius; indeed, in this particular, he has a claim on our admiration quite extraordinary and unparalleled."