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 (sō′lən, -lŏn′) 638?-559? bc.
Athenian lawgiver and poet. His reforms preserved a class system based on wealth but ended privilege by birth.


 (sō′lən, -lŏn′)
1. A wise lawgiver.
2. A legislator.

[After Solon.]


(Biography) ?638–?559 bc, Athenian statesman, who introduced economic, political, and legal reforms
Solonian, Solonic adj


(ˈsoʊ lən)

1. c638–c558 B.C., Athenian statesman.
2. (often l.c.) a wise lawgiver.
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Noun1.Solon - a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairssolon - a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs
elder statesman - an elderly statesman whose advice is sought be government leaders
Founding Father - a member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
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29) Prominent also among the numerous poets and philosophers are the Athenian statesman Solon, one of the Seven Sages,(30) and Sappho, whose verses to her lover Phaon - "surviving," says Panormita, "in a Latin translation"(31) - are so wanton yet so elegant that they could restore to manly vigor those two proverbial elders Nestor and Priam.