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Pisistratus (c.590-c.527 BC) – Athenian popular leader
Solon’s reforms were not allowed to remain unchallenged for long, and he was driven out by the aristocrats whose powers he had clipped. They tried to cancel much of his legislation, but the people, having had a taste of political power, decided to take matters into their own hands. They elected Pisistratus chief magistrate, calling on him to restore Solon’s programme.
Pisistratus had been a successful general in the war between Athens and the city state of Megara (570-565) and when he came home he entered politics, on the side of the people. His first attempt to control the city, in 560, was thwarted despite popular support, but in 554 he was more successful, and he held power for a quarter of a century. In that time he did restore Solon’s laws and he developed them. He stimulated the Athenian economy by getting the gold and silver mines working properly again, after years of disuse.