Handan Sultan

1574 - 1605

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Handan Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: خندان سلطان, "smiling"; c. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Handan Sultan has received more than 627,163 page views. Her biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Handan Sultan is the 626th most popular politician (down from 461st in 2019), the 64th most popular biography from Greece (down from 51st in 2019) and the 18th most popular Greek Politician.

Handan Sultan is most famous for being the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent. She was a powerful and influential woman in her own right, and she acted as regent for her son Selim II during his minority.

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Among politicians, Handan Sultan ranks 626 out of 19,576Before her are Reza Shah, Yesugei, Sviatoslav I of Kiev, Anna of Russia, Frederick VIII of Denmark, and John, King of England. After her are Ptolemy II Philadelphus, Thutmose I, James VI and I, James Madison, Philip I of France, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner.

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Among people born in 1574, Handan Sultan ranks 2Before her is Pope Innocent X. After her are Anne of Denmark, William Oughtred, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Robert Fludd, Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Wilhelm Kettler, Qin Liangyu, Feng Menglong, and Elisabeth of Lorraine. Among people deceased in 1605, Handan Sultan ranks 4Before her are Akbar, Pope Clement VIII, and Pope Leo XI. After her are Boris Godunov, Feodor II of Russia, Jean Nicot, Ulisse Aldrovandi, John Davis, Theodore Beza, Naresuan, and Jan Zamoyski.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Handan Sultan ranks 64 out of 1,024Before her are Pyrrho (-365), Xanthippe (-500), Polykleitos (-450), Irene of Athens (752), Epaminondas (-418), and Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270). After her are Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), Isocrates (-436), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Constantine I of Greece (1868), and Peleus (null).


Among politicians born in Greece, Handan Sultan ranks 18Before her are Alcibiades (-450), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Peisistratos (-600), Xanthippe (-500), Irene of Athens (752), and Epaminondas (-418). After her are Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Peleus (null), and George II of Greece (1890).