Ptolemy I Soter

367 BC - 283 BC

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Ptolemy I Soter (; Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Σωτήρ, Ptolemaîos Sōtḗr "Ptolemy the Savior"; c. 367 BC – January 282 BC) was a Macedonian Greek general, historian, and successor of Alexander the Great who went on to found the Ptolemaic Kingdom centered on Egypt and led by his progeny from 305 BC – 30 BC. Ptolemy was basileus and pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt from 305/304 BC to his death, during which time Egypt became a thriving bastion of Hellenistic civilization and Alexandria a great seat of Greek culture. Ptolemy I was the son of Arsinoe of Macedon by either her husband Lagus or Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ptolemy I Soter has received more than 3,540,215 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia. Ptolemy I Soter is the 15th most popular military personnel (up from 22nd in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Greece (up from 36th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Greek Military Personnel.

Ptolemy I Soter is most famous for his victory over Antigonus at the Battle of Ipsus in 301 BC. He is also known for his construction of the Library of Alexandria.

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Among military personnels, Ptolemy I Soter ranks 15 out of 2,058Before him are Khalid ibn al-Walid, Spartacus, Adolf Eichmann, Oda Nobunaga, William Wallace, and Jochi. After him are Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Chiang Kai-shek, Themistocles, Manfred von Richthofen, and Erich von Manstein.

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Among people born in 367 BC, Ptolemy I Soter ranks 1 Among people deceased in 283 BC, Ptolemy I Soter ranks 1After him are Chanakya, Demetrius I of Macedon, and Agathocles.

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Among people born in Greece, Ptolemy I Soter ranks 34 out of 1,024Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Xenophon (-430), Demosthenes (-384), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Leonidas I (-540), and Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769). After him are Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Cleisthenes (-565), Gorgias (-483), Themistocles (-524), Solon (-638), and Myron (-500).


Among military personnels born in Greece, Ptolemy I Soter ranks 3Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), and Spartacus (-109). After him are Themistocles (-524), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), Miltiades (-540), Seleucus I Nicator (-358), Hephaestion (-356), Cimon (-510), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), Parmenion (-400), and Mardonius (-600).