Preview of Solon (638-558 B.C.)

Solon was an Athenian statesman, poet, and lawgiver. He is best known for reforming his city’s laws and economic policies, beginning an era of political, economic and cultural growth that would culminate in the “Golden Age of Athens.”

The top ruler of Athens was the eponymous archon (archon eponymos), who was elected for a term of one year. The word is often translated “chief magistrate,” but North also translates it as mayor or provost. Solon was an archon in Athens in the year 594 or possibly 592 B.C.

If you have a world timeline, look at the period around 600 B.C. Solon lived during the same years as Nebuchadnezzar, Assur-bani-pal, King Josiah, the prophet Jeremiah, Daniel, and even Æsop.

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