Seleucus I Nicator

358 BC - 281 BC

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Seleucus I Nicator (; c. 358 BC – September 281 BC; Ancient Greek: Σέλευκος Νικάτωρ, romanized: Séleukos Nikátōr, lit. 'Seleucus the Victor') was a Greek general and one of the Diadochi, the rival generals, relatives, and friends of Alexander the Great who fought for control over his empire after his death. Having previously served as an infantry general under Alexander the Great, he eventually assumed the title of basileus (king) and established the Seleucid Empire, one of the major powers of the Hellenistic world, which controlled most of Asia Minor, Syria, Mesopotamia, and the Iranian Plateau until overcome by the Roman Republic and Parthian Empire in the late second and early first centuries BC. After the death of Alexander in June 323 BC, Seleucus initially supported Perdiccas, the regent of Alexander's empire, and was appointed Commander of the Companions and chiliarch at the Partition of Babylon in 323 BC. However, after the outbreak of the Wars of the Diadochi in 322, Perdiccas' military failures against Ptolemy in Egypt led to the mutiny of his troops in Pelusium. Perdiccas was betrayed and assassinated in a conspiracy by Seleucus, Peithon and Antigenes in Pelusium sometime in either 321 or 320 BC. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Seleucus I Nicator has received more than 1,512,935 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Seleucus I Nicator is the 64th most popular military personnel (up from 84th in 2019), the 61st most popular biography from Greece (down from 52nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Greek Military Personnel.

Seleucus I Nicator is most famous for his military victories in the east. He was the founder of the Seleucid Empire, which was one of the most powerful empires of the Hellenistic world.

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Among military personnels, Seleucus I Nicator ranks 64 out of 1,466Before him are Albrecht von Wallenstein, Erich Raeder, Hamilcar Barca, Mikhail Kutuzov, Günther von Kluge, and Charles X Gustav of Sweden. After him are Edward Smith, Ivan Konev, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Stanislav Petrov, Ferdinand Foch, and Hattori Hanzō.

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Among people born in 358 BC, Seleucus I Nicator ranks 1 Among people deceased in 281 BC, Seleucus I Nicator ranks 1After him is Lysimachus.

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Among people born in Greece, Seleucus I Nicator ranks 61 out of 855Before him are Ptolemy II Philadelphus (-308), Lycurgus of Sparta (-800), Irene of Athens (752), Xanthippe (-500), Constantine I of Greece (1868), and Andromache (null). After him are Epaminondas (-418), Leucippus (-500), Pope Dionysius (200), Peleus (null), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), and Mikis Theodorakis (1925).


Among military personnels born in Greece, Seleucus I Nicator ranks 6Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Spartacus (-109), Themistocles (-524), Pyrrhus of Epirus (-318), and Miltiades (-540). After him are Hephaestion (-356), Cimon (-510), Mardonius (-600), Djemal Pasha (1872), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), and Parmenion (-400).