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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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Showing Solonic virtue, Cooke's book combines policy wisdom and responsible concerns for political effectiveness.
Although Aristotle uncritically accepts many aspects of the Solonic state, he correctly points out the democratic character of Solon's coin debasement, which artificially equalized unequal amounts of silver.
For the importance of the Athenian funerary oration, see Loraux 1986; Seaford 74-86 on Solonic legislation, 84 on gender, 92-105 on reciprocal violence and Athens, 132 on Eumenides, 139-43 on lamentation and tragedy.