Solon, c. 638 BC-559 BC, Athenian Lawgiver, Quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers: The Seven Sages
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Solon was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet. He is remembered particularly for his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in archaic Athens. His reforms failed in the short term, yet he is often credited with having laid the foundations for Athenian democracy. He wrote poetry for pleasure, as patriotic propaganda and in defence of his constitutional reforms.