Gyges of Lydia

790 BC - 700 BC

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Gyges (, ; Greek: Γύγης; Lydian: 𐤨𐤰𐤨𐤠𐤮 Kukaś; fl. 7th century BC) was the founder of the Mermnad dynasty of Lydian kings. The dates of his reign are uncertain but have been tentatively estimated as c. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gyges of Lydia has received more than 247,528 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Gyges of Lydia is the 1,492nd most popular politician (up from 1,554th in 2019), the 214th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 223rd in 2019) and the 119th most popular Turkish Politician.

In Plato's Republic, Gyges of Lydia is a shepherd who finds a magic ring that can make him invisible. He uses this power to seduce the queen and murder the king.

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Among politicians, Gyges of Lydia ranks 1,492 out of 15,710Before him are Marcus Furius Camillus, Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily, Abaqa Khan, Pauline Bonaparte, Walter Schellenberg, and Václav Klaus. After him are Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Giulio Andreotti, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Hafizullah Amin, Lee Teng-hui, and René of Anjou.

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Among people born in 790 BC, Gyges of Lydia ranks 1After him are Pekah, Shalmaneser V, Sarduri II, Archelaus of Sparta, and Tyrimmas of Macedon. Among people deceased in 700 BC, Gyges of Lydia ranks 3Before him are Isaiah and Hesiod. After him are Tyrtaeus, Achaemenes, Jehoahaz of Judah, Cylon of Athens, Callinus, Perdiccas I of Macedon, Shebitku, Ariaramnes, and Theopompus of Sparta.

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Among people born in Turkey, Gyges of Lydia ranks 214 out of 1,128Before him are Isaac I Komnenos (1007), Yunus Emre (1240), Kayqubad I (1188), Constantine VIII (960), John IV Laskaris (1250), and Saint Nino (296). After him are Ahmet Necdet Sezer (1941), Romanos III Argyros (968), Michael Psellos (1018), Giorgos Seferis (1900), Alexios V Doukas (1140), and Constantine VI (771).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Gyges of Lydia ranks 119Before him are Alexios IV Angelos (1182), Uzun Hasan (1423), Isaac I Komnenos (1007), Kayqubad I (1188), Constantine VIII (960), and John IV Laskaris (1250). After him are Ahmet Necdet Sezer (1941), Romanos III Argyros (968), Alexios V Doukas (1140), Constantine VI (771), Pharamond (370), and Alexios II Komnenos (1169).