Antiochus II Theos

286 BC - 246 BC

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Antiochus II Theos (Greek: Ἀντίοχος Θεός, Antiochos; 286 – July 246 BC) was a Greek king of the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire who reigned from 261 to 246 BC. He succeeded his father Antiochus I Soter in the winter of 262–61 BC. He was the younger son of Antiochus I and princess Stratonice, the daughter of Demetrius Poliorcetes. Antiochus II was a forceful personality who in his lifetime largely succeeded to hold the sprawling Seleucid realm intact. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antiochus II Theos has received more than 296,652 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Antiochus II Theos is the 2,150th most popular politician (up from 2,211th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Syria and the 13th most popular Syrian Politician.

Antiochus II Theos is most famous for his conquest of the Jewish kingdom in 167 BCE. He also made a failed attempt to conquer Egypt, and was defeated by the Romans.

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Among politicians, Antiochus II Theos ranks 2,150 out of 19,576Before him are Néstor Kirchner, Archduchess Maria Josepha of Austria, Dom Pérignon, Peter II of Portugal, Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe, and Austen Chamberlain. After him are Albert I, Prince of Monaco, Kara Ahmed Pasha, Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Eugène Edine Pottier, Louise of Orléans, and John, Prince of Asturias.

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Among people born in 286 BC, Antiochus II Theos ranks 1 Among people deceased in 246 BC, Antiochus II Theos ranks 2Before him is Ptolemy II Philadelphus. After him are Marcus Atilius Regulus, Bion of Borysthenes, and Berenice.

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In Syria

Among people born in Syria, Antiochus II Theos ranks 27 out of 210Before him are John Climacus (579), Iamblichus (245), Aemilius Papinianus (142), Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (691), Al-Adil I (1145), and Ibn al-Nafis (1212). After him are Romanos the Melodist (490), Julia Avita Mamaea (180), Yazid II (687), Avidius Cassius (130), Al-Walid II (706), and Yazid III (701).


Among politicians born in Syria, Antiochus II Theos ranks 13Before him are Bashar al-Assad (1965), Imad ad-Din Zengi (1087), Muawiya II (661), Marwan II (688), Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (691), and Al-Adil I (1145). After him are Julia Avita Mamaea (180), Yazid II (687), Al-Walid II (706), Yazid III (701), Michel Aflaq (1910), and Abu'l-Fida (1273).