Tellus the Athenian is a character featured in Herodotus' "Histories." When Croesus asks Solon who he thinks the happiest man he has ever seen is, Solon responds with Tellus the Athenian. He says that Tellus lived "at a time when his native city was flourishing, he had fine, handsome children, and got to see children born to them, all of who survived" (Herodotus, Book 1, p. 10). Additionally, he died with honor at the peak of his happiness. He did not accrue great wealth or power, but his happiness never diminished. Herodotus, through Solon, argues that true and sustainable honor, not money or possessions, is what determines happiness.