1200 BC - 1052 BC

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Hedjkheperre Setepenre Smendes was the founder of the Twenty-first Dynasty of Egypt and succeeded to the throne after burying Ramesses XI in Lower Egypt – territory which he controlled. His Egyptian nomen or birth name was actually Nesbanebdjed meaning "He of the Ram, Lord of Mendes", but it was translated into Greek as Smendes by later classical writers such as Josephus and Sextus Africanus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Smendes has received more than 167,673 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Smendes is the 2,687th most popular politician (down from 2,379th in 2019), the 139th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 133rd in 2019) and the 64th most popular Egyptian Politician.

Smerdis was most famous for being a usurper of the Persian throne.

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Among politicians, Smendes ranks 2,687 out of 15,710Before him are Valdas Adamkus, Francis III, Duke of Brittany, José Manuel Barroso, Ahmad Shah Durrani, Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, and Zimri. After him are Muršili II, Menua, Ildibad, Thaïs, Dionysius II of Syracuse, and Louis Auguste, Duke of Maine.

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Among people born in 1200 BC, Smendes ranks 8Before him are Ruth, Ramesses V, Ramesses XI, Ramesses IV, Tiglath-Pileser I, and Ramesses VIII. After him are Tapputi, Herihor, Di Yi, Wen Ding, Jizi, and Geng Ding. Among people deceased in 1052 BC, Smendes ranks 1

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Smendes ranks 139 out of 520Before him are Theon of Alexandria (335), Kiya (-1400), Arsinoe IV of Egypt (-68), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (1923), and Nonnus (500). After him are Theophylact Simocatta (580), Abbas II of Egypt (1874), Apepi (-1600), Mentuhotep I (-2200), Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (1935), and Cleopatra Selene of Syria (-130).


Among politicians born in Egypt, Smendes ranks 64Before him are Senusret II (-1900), Ptolemy Keraunos (-318), Mentuhotep III (-2050), Isetnofret (-1250), Kiya (-1400), and Arsinoe IV of Egypt (-68). After him are Abbas II of Egypt (1874), Apepi (-1600), Mentuhotep I (-2200), Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (1935), Cleopatra Selene of Syria (-130), and Psusennes I (-1100).