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Aelia Pulcheria (; Greek: Πουλχερία; 19 January 398 or 399 – July 453) was an Eastern Roman empress who advised her brother 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 303,801 page views. Her biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Pulcheria is the 107th most popular companion (up from 225th in 2019), the 201st most popular biography from Turkey (up from 329th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Turkish Companion.

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

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  • 42

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  • 10.71

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  • 2.43

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among companions, Pulcheria ranks 107 out of 673Before her are Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Caterina Sforza, Adelaide of Italy, Emma of Normandy, Julia Domna, and Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily. After her are Julia the Elder, Anne Hathaway, Anne of Kiev, Maria Amalia of Saxony, Bianca Maria Sforza, and Sawda bint Zamʿa.

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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 Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Pulcheria ranks 201 out of 1,301Before her are Proclus (412), Sabiha Gökçen (1913), Anthemius (420), Yunus Emre (1240), Turgut Özal (1927), and Bias of Priene (-600). After her are Gregory Palamas (1296), Pope John VI (655), Ismihan Sultan (1544), John VI Kantakouzenos (1292), Michael I Cerularius (1005), and Dorothea of Caesarea (279).

Among COMPANIONS In Turkey

Among companions born in Turkey, Pulcheria ranks 8Before her are Helena (250), Aspasia (-470), Antinous (111), Hecuba (null), Gülfem Hatun (1500), and Malhun Hatun (1350). After her are Hümaşah Sultan (1540), Kaya Sultan (1633), Maria Laskarina (1206), Irene Angelina (1181), Anna Porphyrogenita (963), and Licinia Eudoxia (422).