About Solon

Solon
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... Wikipedia
c. 638 BC
558 BC

Solon Quotes

Count no man happy until he be dead
Means that life's fortune may turn at any moment. According to anecdotal accounts from Herodotus and Plutarch, Solon gave this advice to Croesus, king of Lydia, while visiting Sardis, capital of Lydia. Croesus failed to appreciate the advice until he, a self-described happiest man alive, has lost his kingdom to the Persian king Cyrus and was awaiting execution.