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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 539,658 page views. Her biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Handan Sultan is the 466th most popular politician (up from 967th in 2019), the 51st most popular biography from Greece (up from 86th in 2019) and the 14th 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 466 out of 15,577Before her are Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, Augustus II the Strong, Georges Pompidou, Lothair I, Arcadius, and Robert the Bruce. After her are Rudolf Höss, Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, John Adams, Ursula von der Leyen, Mustafa III, and Leopold I of Belgium.

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Among people born in 1574, Handan Sultan ranks 2Before her is Pope Innocent X. After her are Anne of Denmark, Maria Anna of Bavaria, William Oughtred, Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, Robert Fludd, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Wilhelm Kettler, Feng Menglong, Elisabeth of Lorraine, and Dorothea Maria of Anhalt. Among people deceased in 1605, Handan Sultan ranks 5Before her are Akbar, Pope Clement VIII, Pope Leo XI, and Boris Godunov. After her are Feodor II of Russia, Jean Nicot, John Davis, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Theodore Beza, Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Naresuan.

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Among people born in Greece, Handan Sultan ranks 51 out of 936Before her are Peisistratos (-600), Draco (-650), Pindar (-517), Mikis Theodorakis (1925), Praxiteles (-395), and Olympias (-375). After her are Theophrastus (-371), Menander (-342), Pope Sixtus II (215), Xanthippe (-500), Polykleitos (-450), and Lycurgus of Sparta (-800).


Among politicians born in Greece, Handan Sultan ranks 14Before her are Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Solon (-638), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), Alcibiades (-450), and Peisistratos (-600). After her are Xanthippe (-500), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Epaminondas (-418), Peleus (null), and Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308).