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Philoctetes (Ancient Greek: Φιλοκτήτης Philoktētēs; English pronunciation: , stressed on the third syllable, -tet-), or Philocthetes, according to Greek mythology, was the son of Poeas, king of Meliboea in Thessaly, and Demonassa or Methone. He was a Greek hero, famed as an archer, and a participant in the Trojan War. Philoctetes was the subject of four different plays of ancient Greece, each written by one of the three major Greek tragedians. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philoctetes has received more than 583,155 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Philoctetes is the 1,373rd most popular politician (up from 1,473rd in 2019), the 118th most popular biography from Greece and the 45th most popular Greek Politician.

In the Trojan War, Philoctetes was a great archer and a hero of the Greek forces. When he was bitten by a snake on the island of Lemnos, his wound was so bad that the Greeks sent him back to the island to die.

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Among politicians, Philoctetes ranks 1,373 out of 15,710Before him are William McKinley, Ernst Thälmann, Ladislaus IV of Hungary, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Algirdas, and Warren G. Harding. After him are Olaf II of Denmark, Teti, Al-Mu'tasim, Ludwig I of Bavaria, Henry I, Duke of Guise, and Abijah of Judah.

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Among people born in Greece, Philoctetes ranks 118 out of 855Before him are Scopas (-395), Eleftherios Venizelos (1864), Hippias (-443), Ictinus (-500), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), and Creon (null). After him are Lysias (-445), Chilon of Sparta (-600), Arion (-700), Cleon (-450), Epimenides (-690), and Thespis (-600).


Among politicians born in Greece, Philoctetes ranks 45Before him are Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt (1789), Ephialtes of Trachis (-550), Perseus of Macedon (-212), Philip V of Macedon (-238), Eleftherios Venizelos (1864), and Creon (null). After him are Phryne (-371), Ioannis Metaxas (1871), Agesilaus II (-444), Pleistarchus (-500), Oruç Reis (1473), and Hippias (-600).