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Solon was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and Lyric poet, renowned as a founding father of the Athenian polis. The travel writer, Pausanias, listed Solon among the Seven Sages of the ancient world. Solon has acquired a place in history and in folklore through his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in archaic Athens. Some of his reforms failed in the short term, yet he is often credited with having laid the foundations for Athenian democracy.

Nothing certain is known of his family line. His pedigree was said to have originated with the mythical Neleus. According to Diogenes Laertius, he had a brother named Diopidas and was an ancestor of Plato. According to Plutarch, Solon was related to the tyrant Pisistratus .

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