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Arsames (Old Persian: 𐎠𐎼𐏁𐎠𐎶 Aršāma, modern Persian:،آرسام، آرشام‎ Arshām, Greek: Ἀρσάμης; – ca. 520 BC) was the son of Ariaramnes and the grandfather of Darius I. He was traditionally claimed to have briefly been king of Persia during the Achaemenid dynasty, and to have given up the throne and declared loyalty to his relative Cyrus II of Persia before retiring to his family estate in the Persian heartland of Parsa, living there peacefully for the rest of his life, perhaps nominally exercising the duties of a "lesser king" under the authority of the "Great King". However, the claim that he or his son were ever kings is rejected by historians such as Pierre Briant. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arsames has received more than 51,495 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Arsames is the 5,174th most popular politician (down from 5,117th in 2019), the 154th most popular biography from Iran (down from 151st in 2019) and the 89th most popular Iranian Politician.

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Among politicians, Arsames ranks 5,174 out of 15,710Before him are Jahan Shah, Sylvanus Olympio, Stjepan Vukčić Kosača, Amadou Toumani Touré, Piri Mehmed Pasha, and Isabelle of France. After him are Vasily Chapayev, Hermeric, Norodom Suramarit, Domitianus II, Aratus of Sicyon, and Zhong Kang.

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Among people born in 550 BC, Arsames ranks 15Before him are Atossa, Goujian, Kapila, Fuchai, Labashi-Marduk, and Ariston of Sparta. After him are Himilco, Histiaeus, Alcetas I of Macedon, Rhodopis, Appius Claudius Crassus, and Aristodemus of Cumae. Among people deceased in 600 BC, Arsames ranks 18Before him are Ibycus, Cleisthenes of Sicyon, Harpagus, Philip I of Macedon, Mimnermus, and Sushruta. After him are Hipponax, Miltiades the Elder, Leon of Sparta, Tanaquil, Eupalinos, and Alcetas I of Macedon.

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Among people born in Iran, Arsames ranks 154 out of 463Before him are Al-Juwayni (1028), Shapour Bakhtiar (1914), Mir-Hossein Mousavi (1942), Sadegh Hedayat (1903), Ashraf Pahlavi (1919), and Jahan Shah (1397). After him are Ibn al-Rawandi (827), Vologases VI (200), Hussein-Ali Montazeri (1922), Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani (897), Mithridates II of Parthia (-150), and 'Adud al-Dawla (936).

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Among politicians born in Iran, Arsames ranks 89Before him are Orodes II (null), Tiridates I of Armenia (null), Shapour Bakhtiar (1914), Mir-Hossein Mousavi (1942), Ashraf Pahlavi (1919), and Jahan Shah (1397). After him are Vologases VI (200), Hussein-Ali Montazeri (1922), Mithridates II of Parthia (-150), 'Adud al-Dawla (936), Vologases III of Parthia (100), and Arsaces II of Parthia (-300).