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Alexander Balas

150 BC - 145 BC

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Alexander I Theopator Euergetes, surnamed Balas (Ancient Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος Βάλας, romanized: Alexandros Balas), was the ruler of the Seleucid Empire from 150/Summer 152 – August 145 BC. Picked from obscurity and supported by the neighboring Roman-allied Kingdom of Pergamon, Alexander landed in Phoenicia in 152 BC and started a civil war against Seleucid King Demetrius I Soter. Backed by mercenaries and factions of the Seleucid Empire unhappy with the existing government, he defeated Demetrius and took the crown in 150 BC. He married the princess Cleopatra Thea to seal an alliance with the neighboring Ptolemaic kingdom. His reign saw the steady retreat of the Seleucid Empire's eastern border, with important eastern satrapies such as Media being lost to the nascent Parthian Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Balas has received more than 142,728 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Alexander Balas is the 3,132nd most popular politician (up from 3,141st in 2019), the 344th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 347th in 2019) and the 183rd most popular Turkish Politician.

Alexander Balas is most famous for being the last king of the Seleucid Empire.

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Among politicians, Alexander Balas ranks 3,132 out of 15,577Before him are Emperor Hui of Jin, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Aleksey Kuropatkin, Charles III, Duke of Parma, Emperor Taizu of Jin, and Jacobo Árbenz. After him are Junichiro Koizumi, Hayk, Prince George of Greece and Denmark, Yazid III, Jules de Polignac, and Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria.

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Among people born in 150 BC, Alexander Balas ranks 3Before him are Gannicus and Emperor Qianshao of Han. After him are Wei Zifu, Diodotus Tryphon, Quintus Lutatius Catulus, Aulus Gabinius, Zeno of Sidon, Huo Guang, Wei Qing, Tigranes I, and Antiochus XII Dionysus. Among people deceased in 145 BC, Alexander Balas ranks 2Before him is Ptolemy VI Philometor. After him is Crates of Mallus.

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Among people born in Turkey, Alexander Balas ranks 344 out of 1,301Before him are Dio Chrysostom (40), Aspar (400), Onesimus (1), Nectarios of Aegina (1846), Papias of Hierapolis (70), and Nikephoros I of Constantinople (758). After him are Tiberius III (700), Argishti I of Urartu (-827), Seleucus III Ceraunus (-243), Maria of Alania (1053), Gülbahar Hatun (1429), and Euphemia (289).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Alexander Balas ranks 183Before him are Gevherhan Sultan (1605), Şehzade Mehmed (1605), Andronikos IV Palaiologos (1348), David of Trebizond (1408), Bülent Ecevit (1925), and Aspar (400). After him are Tiberius III (700), Argishti I of Urartu (-827), Seleucus III Ceraunus (-243), Maria of Alania (1053), Gülbahar Hatun (1429), and Gevherhan Sultan (1544).