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Aelia Pulcheria (; Greek: Πουλχερία; 19 January 398 or 399 – 453) was an Eastern Roman empress who advised her brother, the emperor Theodosius II, during his minority and then became wife to emperor Marcian from November 450 to her death in 453. She was the second (and oldest surviving) child of Eastern Roman Emperor Arcadius and Empress Aelia Eudoxia. In 414, the fifteen-year old Pulcheria became the guardian of her younger brother Theodosius II and was also proclaimed Augusta. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pulcheria has received more than 322,577 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Pulcheria is the 104th most popular companion (down from 101st in 2019), the 185th most popular biography from Türkiye (up from 201st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Companion.

Pulcheria is most famous for being the wife of Theodosius II and the mother of Valentinian III.

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Among companions, Pulcheria ranks 104 out of 784Before her are Elizabeth Woodville, Maria Luisa of Parma, Alexandra Feodorovna, Gala Dalí, Frederica of Hanover, and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. After her are Adelaide of Italy, Halime Hatun, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Margaret Tudor, Bianca Maria Sforza, and Elena of Montenegro.

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Among people born in 399, Pulcheria ranks 1 Among people deceased in 453, Pulcheria ranks 2Before her is Attila. After her are Thorismund, Emperor Ingyō, and Emperor Wen of Liu Song.

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In Türkiye

Among people born in Türkiye, Pulcheria ranks 185 out of 1,347Before her are Ammianus Marcellinus (330), Alexios IV Angelos (1182), Anthemius (420), Dorothea of Caesarea (279), Theodore I Laskaris (1174), and Michael II (770). After her are Constantine VIII (960), Dragut (1485), Hippodamus of Miletus (-498), Theodore of Amasea (300), Sabiha Gökçen (1913), and Michael I Rangabe (770).

Among COMPANIONS In Türkiye

Among companions born in Türkiye, Pulcheria ranks 6Before her are Mihrimah Sultan (1522), Helena (250), Aspasia (-470), Antinous (111), and Malhun Hatun (1350). After her are Hümaşah Sultan (1540), Kaya Sultan (1633), Agnes of Antioch (1153), Anna Porphyrogenita (963), Maria Laskarina (1206), and Licinia Eudoxia (422).