Nikephoros III Botaneiates

1002 - 1081

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Nikephoros III Botaneiates, Latinized as Nicephorus III Botaniates (Greek: Νικηφόρος Βοτανειάτης, 1002–1081), was Byzantine emperor from 7 January 1078 to 1 April 1081. He was born in 1002, and became a general during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX Monomachos, serving in the Pecheneg revolt of 1048–1053. His actions in guiding his forces away from the Pechenegs following the Battle of Zygos Pass, in which they suffered eleven days of harassment before finally reaching the Byzantine city of Adrianople, attracted the attention of fellow officers, and he received the title of magistros as a reward. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikephoros III Botaneiates has received more than 150,467 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Nikephoros III Botaneiates is the 928th most popular politician (up from 1,139th in 2019), the 143rd most popular biography from Turkey (up from 174th in 2019) and the 81st most popular Turkish Politician.

Nikephoros III Botaneiates was most famous for his defeat of the Bulgarians in the Battle of Kleidion in 1014.

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Among politicians, Nikephoros III Botaneiates ranks 928 out of 15,710Before him are Andrei Gromyko, Augustus III of Poland, Feodor III of Russia, Lentulus Batiatus, Carol II of Romania, and Ferdinand VII of Spain. After him are Alberto Fujimori, Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, Emperor Yao, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Taejong of Joseon, and Islam Karimov.

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Among people born in 1002, Nikephoros III Botaneiates ranks 2Before him is Pope Leo IX. After him is Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi. Among people deceased in 1081, Nikephoros III Botaneiates ranks 1After him are Halsten Stenkilsson, Bolesław II the Generous, and Mihailo Vojislavljević.

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Among people born in Turkey, Nikephoros III Botaneiates ranks 143 out of 1,128Before him are Balbinus (178), Stilicho (359), Simeon Stylites (389), Hecataeus of Miletus (-550), Pope Vitalian (600), and Antinous (111). After him are Polycarp (69), Anna Komnene (1083), Constantine V (718), Basil II (958), Michael III (840), and Mausolus (-410).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Nikephoros III Botaneiates ranks 81Before him are Nikephoros I (760), John VIII Palaiologos (1392), Leo VI the Wise (866), Stefan Dušan (1308), Michael II (770), and Balbinus (178). After him are Constantine V (718), Basil II (958), Michael III (840), Mausolus (-410), Constantine IV (652), and Nabonidus (-555).