Phraates IV

90 BC - 2 BC

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Phraates IV (also spelled Frahad IV; Parthian: 𐭐𐭓𐭇𐭕 Frahāt), was King of Kings of the Parthian Empire from 37 to 2 BC. He was the son and successor of Orodes II (r. 57–37 BC), and was given the throne after the death of his brother Pacorus I. Phraates IV soon murdered all his brothers, and also possibly his father. His actions alienated the Armenians and also some of his nobles, including the distinguished Monaeses, who fled to the Roman triumvir Mark Antony, but shortly returned and reconciled with Phraates IV. Phraates IV was attacked in 36 BC by Mark Antony, who marched through Armenia into Media Atropatene, and was defeated and lost the greater part of his army. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Phraates IV has received more than 79,016 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Phraates IV is the 3,663rd most popular politician (down from 3,129th in 2019), the 124th most popular biography from Iran (down from 104th in 2019) and the 74th most popular Iranian Politician.

Phraates IV is most famous for his vast military conquests. He was able to annex Armenia, Syria, and Mesopotamia.

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Among politicians, Phraates IV ranks 3,663 out of 15,710Before him are Simeon of Moscow, Hsekiu, Huo Qubing, Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Jules Ferry, and Domitia Lepida the Younger. After him are Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah, Muhammad al-Nasir, Fouad Mebazaa, Bayinnaung, Emperor Seimu, and Sajida Talfah.

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Among people born in 90 BC, Phraates IV ranks 6Before him are Zechariah, Diodorus Siculus, Publius Clodius Pulcher, Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus, and Anna the Prophetess. After him are Aulus Hirtius, Gaius Scribonius Curio, Pompeia, Gaius Antonius Hybrida, Trebonius, and Ariobarzanes II of Cappadocia. Among people deceased in 2 BC, Phraates IV ranks 2Before him is Valmiki. After him is Iullus Antonius.

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Among people born in Iran, Phraates IV ranks 124 out of 463Before him are Abu Hanifa Dinawari (815), Anastasius of Persia (550), Arsaces I of Parthia (-280), Mohammad-Ali Rajai (1933), Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah (873), and Abbas III (1732). After him are Safi-ad-din Ardabili (1252), Magtymguly Pyragy (1733), Suleiman of Persia (1647), `Abdu'l-Bahá (1844), Al-Bayhaqi (994), and Phraates V (-100).

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Among politicians born in Iran, Phraates IV ranks 74Before him are Barkiyaruq (1081), Gaykhatu (1300), Arsaces I of Parthia (-280), Mohammad-Ali Rajai (1933), Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah (873), and Abbas III (1732). After him are Suleiman of Persia (1647), Phraates V (-100), Teispes (-675), Osroes I (50), Sultan Husayn (1668), and Istakhri (850).