The Most Famous

POLITICIANS from Armenia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Armenian Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,710 Politicians, 26 of which were born in Armenia. This makes Armenia the birth place of the 81st most number of Politicians behind Nepal and New Zealand.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Armenian Politicians of all time. This list of famous Armenian Politicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Armenian Politicians.

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1. Tigranes the Great (-140 - -55)

With an HPI of 78.30, Tigranes the Great is the most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 68 different languages on wikipedia.

Tigranes II, more commonly known as Tigranes the Great (Armenian: Տիգրան Մեծ, Tigran Mets; Ancient Greek: Τιγράνης ὁ Μέγας Tigránes ho Mégas; Latin: Tigranes Magnus) (140 – 55 BC) was King of Armenia under whom the country became, for a short time, the strongest state to Rome's east. He was a member of the Artaxiad Royal House. Under his reign, the Armenian kingdom expanded beyond its traditional boundaries, allowing Tigranes to claim the title Great King, and involving Armenia in many battles against opponents such as the Parthian and Seleucid empires, and the Roman Republic.

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2. Leo V the Armenian (775 - 820)

With an HPI of 76.19, Leo V the Armenian is the 2nd most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Leo V the Armenian (Greek: Λέων ὁ ἐξ Ἀρμενίας, Leōn ho ex Armenias; c. 755 – 25 December 820) was Emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 813 to 820. A senior general, he forced his predecessor, Michael I Rangabe, to abdicate and assumed the throne. He ended the decade-long war with the Bulgars, and initiated the second period of Byzantine Iconoclasm. He was assassinated by supporters of Michael the Amorian, one of his most trusted generals, who succeeded him on the throne.

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3. Anastas Mikoyan (1895 - 1978)

With an HPI of 75.02, Anastas Mikoyan is the 3rd most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 48 different languages.

Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan (English: ; Russian: Анаста́с Ива́нович Микоя́н; Armenian: Անաստաս Հովհաննեսի Միկոյան; 25 November 1895 – 21 October 1978) was an Armenian Communist revolutionary, Old Bolshevik and Soviet statesman during the mandates of Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev. He was the only Soviet politician who managed to remain at the highest levels of power within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, as that power oscillated between the Central Committee and the Politburo, from the latter days of Lenin's rule, throughout the eras of Stalin and Khrushchev, until his peaceful retirement after the first months of Brezhnev's rule. An early convert to the Bolshevik cause, Mikoyan participated in the Baku Commune under the leadership of Stepan Shahumyan during the Russian Civil War in the Caucasus. In the 1920s, he served as the First Secretary of the North Caucasus region. During Stalin's rule, Mikoyan held several high governmental posts, including that of Minister of Foreign Trade. By the end of Stalin's rule, Mikoyan began to lose favour with him, and in 1949, Mikoyan lost his long-standing post of minister of foreign trade. In October 1952 at the 19th Party Congress Stalin even attacked Mikoyan viciously. When Stalin died in 1953, Mikoyan again took a leading role in policy-making. Together, he and Khrushchev crafted the de-Stalinization policy and later he became First Deputy Premier under Khrushchev. Mikoyan's position during the Thaw made him the second most powerful figure in the Soviet Union at the time. Mikoyan made several key trips to communist Cuba and to the United States, acquiring an important stature on the international diplomatic scene, especially with his skill in exercising soft power to further Soviet interests. In 1964 Khrushchev was forced to step down in a coup that brought Brezhnev to power. Mikoyan served as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, the nominal Head of State, from 1964 until his forced retirement in 1965.

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4. Tiridates III of Armenia (255 - 330)

With an HPI of 71.04, Tiridates III of Armenia is the 4th most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Tiridates III (Armenian: Տրդատ Գ Trdat III; c. AD 250 – c. 330), also known as Tiridates the Great (Armenian: Տրդատ Մեծ Trdat Mets), or Tiridates IV, to distinguish him from another Tiridates thought to have ruled several years earlier, was the king of Arsacid Armenia (298 – c. 330). In 301, Tiridates proclaimed Christianity as the state religion of Armenia, making the Armenian kingdom the first state to embrace Christianity officially.

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5. Najm ad-Din Ayyub (1100 - 1173)

With an HPI of 70.41, Najm ad-Din Ayyub is the 5th most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

al-Malik al-Afdal Najm ad-Dīn Ayyūb ibn Shādhi ibn Marwān (Arabic: الملك ألأفضل نجم الدين أيوب بن شاذي بن مروان‎ Kurdish: Necmeddin Eyûbî) (died August 9, 1173) was a Kurdish soldier and politician from Dvin, and the father of Saladin. He is the eponymous ancestor of the Ayyubid dynasty.

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6. Hayk (410 - 490)

With an HPI of 70.27, Hayk is the 6th most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Hayk (Armenian: Հայկ, Armenian pronunciation: [hajk]), also known as Hayk Nahapet (Հայկ Նահապետ, Armenian pronunciation: [hajk naha'pɛt], lit. 'Hayk the "head of family" or patriarch'), is the legendary patriarch and founder of the Armenian nation. His story is told in the History of Armenia attributed to the Armenian historian Moses of Chorene (or Movses Khorenatsi, c. 410 – c. 490).

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7. Shirkuh (1100 - 1169)

With an HPI of 69.95, Shirkuh is the 7th most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Asad ad-Dīn Shīrkūh bin Shādhī (Kurdish: ئەسەدەدین شێرکۆ‎; Arabic: أسد الدين شيركوه بن شاذي‎), also known as Shirkuh, Shêrkoh, or Shêrko (meaning "lion of the mountains" in Kurdish) (died 22 February 1169) was a Kurdish military commander, and uncle of Saladin. His military and diplomatic efforts in Egypt were a key factor in establishing the Ayyubid dynasty in that country.

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8. Vologases V (130 - 208)

With an HPI of 68.72, Vologases V is the 8th most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Vologases V (Parthian: 𐭅𐭋𐭂𐭔 Walagash) was King of Kings of the Parthian Empire from 191 to 208. As king of Armenia (r. 180–191), he is known as Vologases II. Not much is known about his period of kingship of the Armenia, except that he put his son Rev I (r. 186–216) on the Iberian throne in 189. Vologases succeeded his father Vologases IV as king of the Parthian Empire in 191; it is uncertain if the transition of power was peaceful or if Vologases took the throne in a civil war. When Vologases acceded the Parthian throne, he passed the Armenian throne to his son Khosrov I (r. 191–217). Vologases' reign was marked by war with the Roman Empire, lasting from 195 to 202, resulting in the brief capture of the Parthian capital of Ctesiphon, and reaffirmation of Roman rule in Armenia and northern Mesopotamia. At the same time, internal conflict took place in the Parthian realm, with the local Persian prince Pabag seizing Istakhr, the capital of the southern Iranian region of Persis.

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9. Ashot I of Armenia (820 - 890)

With an HPI of 68.27, Ashot I of Armenia is the 9th most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Ashot I (Armenian: Աշոտ Ա; c. 820 – 890) was an Armenian king who oversaw the beginning of Armenia's second golden age (862 – 977). He was known as Ashot the Great (Աշոտ Մեծ) and was the son of Smbat VIII the Confessor and was a member of the Bagratuni Dynasty.

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10. Vardan Mamikonian (388 - 451)

With an HPI of 66.94, Vardan Mamikonian is the 10th most famous Armenian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Vardan Mamikonian (Armenian: Վարդան Մամիկոնեան; 387–451 AD) was an Armenian military leader, a martyr and a saint of the Armenian Church. He is best known for leading the Armenian army at the Battle of Avarayr in 451, which ultimately secured the Armenians' right to practice Christianity. A member of the Mamikonian family of Armenia's higher aristocracy (known as nakharars), he is revered as one of the greatest military and spiritual leaders of Armenia, and is considered a national hero by Armenians. According to Arshag Chobanian "To the Armenian nation, Vartan [...] is the most beloved figure, the most sacred in their history, the symbolical hero who typifies the national spirit." Major Armenian churches are named after Saint Vardan. Equestrian statues of St. Vardan are found in the Armenian capital Yerevan and in the country's second largest city, Gyumri.

Pantheon has 26 people classified as politicians born between 350 BC and 1985. Of these 26, 9 (34.62%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include Albert Azaryan, Nikol Pashinyan, and Tigran Sargsyan. The most famous deceased politicians include Tigranes the Great, Leo V the Armenian, and Anastas Mikoyan.

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