Ptolemy VIII Physcon

182 BC - 116 BC

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Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II Tryphon (Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Εὐεργέτης Τρύφων, Ptolemaĩos Euergétēs Tryphōn, "Ptolemy the Benefactor, the Opulent"; c. 184 BC – 28 June 116 BC), nicknamed Physcon (Φύσκων, Physkōn, "Fatty"), was a king of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. He was the younger son of King Ptolemy V and Queen Cleopatra I. His reign was characterised by fierce political and military conflict with his older siblings, Ptolemy VI and Cleopatra II. Ptolemy VIII was originally made co-ruler with his siblings in the run-up to the Sixth Syrian War, in 170 BC. In the course of that war, Ptolemy VI was captured and Ptolemy VIII arguably became sole king of Egypt. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ptolemy VIII Physcon has received more than 397,918 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Ptolemy VIII Physcon is the 1,034th most popular politician (up from 1,572nd in 2019), the 65th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 90th in 2019) and the 26th most popular Egyptian Politician.

Ptolemy VIII Physcon is most famous for being the last pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty. He is also known for his cruelty and his incestuous marriage to his sister Cleopatra III.

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Among politicians, Ptolemy VIII Physcon ranks 1,034 out of 19,576Before him are Harold Godwinson, Frederick V of the Palatinate, Sasaki Kojirō, Sergey Kirov, Maximinus Thrax, and Injo of Joseon. After him are Ferdinand VI of Spain, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Irma Grese, Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Jean-Bédel Bokassa.

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Among people born in 182 BC, Ptolemy VIII Physcon ranks 1 Among people deceased in 116 BC, Ptolemy VIII Physcon ranks 2Before him is Cleopatra II of Egypt.

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Among people born in Egypt, Ptolemy VIII Physcon ranks 65 out of 642Before him are Hassan al-Banna (1906), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Sextus Empiricus (160), Djedefre (-2600), Appian (95), and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876). After him are Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (1954), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Ayman al-Zawahiri (1951), Den (-3000), Ptolemy VI Philometor (-184), and Mohamed Morsi (1951).


Among politicians born in Egypt, Ptolemy VIII Physcon ranks 26Before him are Smenkhkare (-1400), Cleopatra I Syra (-204), Shoshenq I (-1000), Ptolemy XIV of Egypt (-60), Cleopatra Selene II (-40), and Djedefre (-2600). After him are Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (1954), Ptolemy VI Philometor (-184), Mohamed Morsi (1951), Fuad I of Egypt (1868), Amenhotep II (-1401), and Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985).