(c.570-507 BC)

Athenian statesman, best known for introducing the system of democracy in the city. He reformed the political system by constructing ten demes, or municipalities in Athens, each with 50 representatives in the boule or parliament.

Cleisthenes believed in the equal rights of all citizens, and as a consequence had many enemies in the oligarchy.

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