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Ptolemy II Philadelphus

308 BC - 246 BC

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Ptolemy II Philadelphus (Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Φιλάδελφος Ptolemaios Philadelphos, "Ptolemy, sibling-lover"; 309 – 28 January 246 BC) was the pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt from 284 to 246 BC. He was the son of Ptolemy I, the Macedonian Greek general of Alexander the Great who founded the Ptolemaic Kingdom after the death of Alexander, and Queen Berenice I, originally from Macedon in northern Greece. During Ptolemy II's reign, the material and literary splendour of the Alexandrian court was at its height. He promoted the Museum and Library of Alexandria. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ptolemy II Philadelphus has received more than 747,421 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Ptolemy II Philadelphus is the 640th most popular politician (down from 529th in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from Greece (down from 55th in 2019) and the 20th most popular Greek Politician.

Ptolemy II Philadelphus is most famous for being the king of Egypt in the 3rd century BC. He was the son of Ptolemy I Soter and Berenice, and the father of Ptolemy III Euergetes. He ruled for 20 years, from 285 BC to 246 BC.

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Among politicians, Ptolemy II Philadelphus ranks 640 out of 15,577Before him are James Monroe, Ngo Dinh Diem, Sweyn Forkbeard, Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. After him are Christian II of Denmark, Philip I of France, Tigranes the Great, Miloš Zeman, Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu, and Igor of Kiev.

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Among people born in 308 BC, Ptolemy II Philadelphus ranks 1After him is Hiero II of Syracuse. Among people deceased in 246 BC, Ptolemy II Philadelphus ranks 1After him are Antiochus II Theos, Marcus Atilius Regulus, Bion of Borysthenes, and Berenice.

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Among people born in Greece, Ptolemy II Philadelphus ranks 67 out of 936Before him are Queen Sofía of Spain (1938), Antisthenes (-445), Epaminondas (-418), Peleus (null), Vangelis (1943), and Demetrius of Thessaloniki (270). After him are Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Irene of Athens (752), Isocrates (-436), Seleucus I Nicator (-358), Nana Mouskouri (1934), and Constantine I of Greece (1868).


Among politicians born in Greece, Ptolemy II Philadelphus ranks 20Before him are Handan Sultan (1574), Xanthippe (-500), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Epaminondas (-418), and Peleus (null). After him are Irene of Athens (752), Constantine I of Greece (1868), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), Paul of Greece (1901), Galla Placidia (388), and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882).