In 594 BC Solon was appointed legislator with extraordinary powers. Solon came from a respected aristocratic family and also wrote poetry.
In the period from 594 to 593 BC Was Solon Archon in Athens. An archon was a kind of official. Solon is often referred to as the first great statesman of Greek and European history. Also Solon is counted among the seven wise men of Greece
He eliminated the bondage and serfdom of the peasants. He also abolished the heavy penalties of his predecessor Drakon and limited the power of the nobles, the noble people who had much possessions. In general, Solon campaigned for the poorer population. His reforms paved the way for democracy - the rule of the people - in Athens.