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Cyrus the Great

600 BC - 530 BC

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Cyrus II of Persia (c. 600–530 BC; Old Persian: 𐎤𐎢𐎽𐎢𐏁 Kūruš), commonly known as Cyrus the Great, was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the first Persian empire. Under his rule, the empire embraced all of the previous civilized states of the ancient Near East, expanded vastly and eventually conquered most of Western Asia and much of Central Asia. Spanning from the Mediterranean Sea and Hellespont in the west to the Indus River in the east, the empire created by Cyrus was the largest the world had yet seen. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cyrus the Great has received more than 8,747,494 page views. His biography is available in 114 different languages on Wikipedia. Cyrus the Great is the 118th most popular politician (up from 160th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Iran (up from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Iranian Politician.

Cyrus the Great was most famous for being the ruler of the Persian Empire from 550 BC to 530 BC. He is also known for freeing the Jews from Babylonian captivity and allowing them to return to their homeland.

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Among politicians, Cyrus the Great ranks 118 out of 15,577Before him are Louis XIII of France, Philip II of Macedon, Hatshepsut, Tiberius, Clovis I, and Diocletian. After him are Mustafa I, Murad I, Bayezid I, Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, Amenhotep III, and Lorenzo de' Medici.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Cyrus the Great ranks 1After him are Tomyris, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, Esther, Lucretia, Peisistratos, Servius Tullius, Ānanda, Belshazzar, Cambyses I, Pheidippides, and Hippasus. Among people deceased in 530 BC, Cyrus the Great ranks 1After him are Bias of Priene and Hanno the Navigator.

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Among people born in Iran, Cyrus the Great ranks 4 out of 528Before him are Zoroaster (-2000), Omar Khayyam (1048), and Al-Ghazali (1058). After him are Xerxes I (-519), Darius III (-380), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919), Ruhollah Khomeini (1902), Harun al-Rashid (766), Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (865), Ismail I (1487), and Jabir ibn Hayyan (721).

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Among politicians born in Iran, Cyrus the Great ranks 1After him are Xerxes I (-519), Darius III (-380), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919), Harun al-Rashid (766), Cambyses II (-550), Malik-Shah I (1055), Ali Khamenei (1939), Nader Shah (1688), Tahmasp I (1514), Nizam al-Mulk (1018), and Khosrow I (501).