Shapur II

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Shapur II (Middle Persian: 𐭱𐭧𐭯𐭥𐭧𐭥𐭩 Šābuhr, 309–379), also known as Shapur the Great, was the tenth Sasanian King of Kings (Shahanshah) of Iran. He took the title at birth and held it until his death at age 70, making him the longest-reigning monarch in Iranian history. He was the son of Hormizd II (r. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shapur II has received more than 471,533 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Shapur II is the 1,591st most popular politician (up from 1,657th in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from Iran (down from 65th in 2019) and the 35th most popular Iranian Politician.

Shapur II was most famous for his persecution of Christians.

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  • 67.19

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 57

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.96

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.14

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Shapur II has had the most page views in the with 120,054 views, followed by English (79,827), and Arabic (14,135). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Occitan (84.63%), Kurdish (Kurmanji) (57.07%), and Latin (53.54%)


Among politicians, Shapur II ranks 1,591 out of 19,576Before him are John Tyler, Alexander of Battenberg, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Cleopatra III of Egypt, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Carol I of Romania. After him are Hu Yaobang, Bernard Tapie, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, René of Anjou, John Kerry, and Elsa Einstein.

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Among people born in 309, Shapur II ranks 1 Among people deceased in 379, Shapur II ranks 2Before him is Basil of Caesarea. After him is Macrina the Younger.

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, Shapur II ranks 70 out of 631Before him are Cyrus I (-690), Mohammad Khatami (1943), Abbas Kiarostami (1940), Ibn Majah (824), Achaemenes (-800), and Öljaitü (1280). After him are Babak Khorramdin (798), Bayazid Bastami (804), Abolhassan Banisadr (1933), Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar (1742), Xerxes II of Persia (-500), and Miskawayh (932).

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Among politicians born in Iran, Shapur II ranks 35Before him are Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934), Masoud Barzani (1946), Cyrus I (-690), Mohammad Khatami (1943), Achaemenes (-800), and Öljaitü (1280). After him are Abolhassan Banisadr (1933), Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar (1742), Xerxes II of Persia (-500), Gaykhatu (1300), Ismail II (1533), and Abbas II of Persia (1633).