356 BC - 324 BC

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Hephaestion (Ancient Greek: Ἡφαιστίων Hephaistíon; c. 356 BC – October 324 BC), son of Amyntor, was an ancient Macedonian nobleman and a general in the army of Alexander the Great. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hephaestion has received more than 1,513,017 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Hephaestion is the 92nd most popular military personnel (down from 73rd in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from Greece (down from 66th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Greek Military Personnel.

Hephaestion is most famous for being Alexander the Great's closest friend and confidant.

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Among military personnels, Hephaestion ranks 92 out of 1,466Before him are Jan Žižka, Zhao Yun, Albert Kesselring, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Walther von Brauchitsch, and Desmond Doss. After him are Tadeusz Kościuszko, John of Austria, Stilicho, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, Hermann Hoth, and Pancho Villa.

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Among people born in 356 BC, Hephaestion ranks 2Before him is Alexander the Great. After him are Nearchus and Leonnatus. Among people deceased in 324 BC, Hephaestion ranks 1After him is Lycurgus of Athens.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Hephaestion ranks 78 out of 855Before him are Paul of Greece (1901), Lysippos (-390), Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270), Giorgio de Chirico (1888), John V Palaiologos (1332), and Antigonus I Monophthalmus (-382). After him are Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882), Nâzım Hikmet (1902), Lysimachus (-361), Galla Placidia (388), Simonides of Ceos (-556), and George II of Greece (1890).


Among military personnels born in Greece, Hephaestion ranks 7Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Spartacus (-109), Themistocles (-524), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), Miltiades (-540), and Seleucus I Nicator (-358). After him are Cimon (-510), Mardonius (-600), Djemal Pasha (1872), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), Parmenion (-400), and Lysander (-401).