Famous Iranian Emperors & Kings

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 1 Cyrus the Great

Cyrus the Great
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Famous As: Founder of First Persian Empire
Birthdate: 0590 BC
Birthplace: Anshan, Iran
Died: 0530 BC

Cyrus II, or Cyrus the Great, founded the first Persian empire, the Achaemenid Empire. His kingdom extended from Western Asia to Central Asia. He advocated centralized administration, with the help of local governors. The biblical Edict of Cyrus, named after him, talks about the return of the Jews to Israel.

 2 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
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Famous As: Last Shah of Iran
Birthdate: October 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran
Died: July 27, 1980

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi served as the last king of Iran from 1941 to 1979. During his reign, Iran witnessed rapid military and industrial modernization and several social and economic reforms. During his rule, Iran also enjoyed a spike in economic growth, surpassing France, England, and the US. However, the Iranian Revolution, which was unusual in many ways, overthrew the king.

 3 Xerxes I

Xerxes I
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Famous As: Persian King
Birthdate: 0519 BC
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 0466 AD

Xerxes I ruled the Achaemenid Empire from 486 to 465 BC as the fourth King of Kings. During his reign, Xerxes I supervised the completion of several construction projects at Persepolis and Susa. A popular ruler, his life has been adapted into several plays and films; in the 1960 movie Esther and the King, Xerxes is played by Richard Egan.

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 4 Darius the Great

Darius the Great
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Famous As: King of Persia
Birthdate: 0550 AD
Birthplace: Iran
Died: September 30, 0487

 5 Nader Shah

Nader Shah
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: October 22, 1688
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dargaz, Persi
Died: June 19, 1747

Nader Shah reigned over Iran as the Shah of Iran from 1736 until his death in 1747. He is widely regarded as one of the most powerful rulers in the history of Iran. He has also been described as the Napoleon of Persia, thanks to his military genius, which was evident in his several campaigns.

 6 Cambyses II

Cambyses II
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0559 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: June 30, 0522

 7 Antiochus III the Great

Antiochus III the Great
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0241 BC
Birthplace: Susa
Died: 0187 BC
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 8 Ismail I

Ismail I
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Famous As: sovereign, poet, writer
Birthdate: July 17, 1487
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ardabil
Died: May 23, 1524

 9 Bardiya

Bardiya
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Pasargadae, Iran
Died: 0522 AD

 10 Malik-Shah I

Malik-Shah I
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: August 8, 1055
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran
Died: November 19, 1092

 11 Darius II Ochus

Darius II Ochus
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Famous As: King of Persia
Birthdate: 0475 AD
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 0404 AD

 12 Nabonidus

Nabonidus
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Harran
Died: 0539 BC

 13 Khosrow I

Khosrow I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0501 AD
Birthplace: Ardestan, Iran
Died: January 31, 0579

 14 Yazdegerd III

Yazdegerd III
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0624 AD
Birthplace: Estakhr, Iran
Died: 0651 AD

 15 Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar

Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar
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Famous As: Shah of Iran
Birthdate: March 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorgān, Iran
Died: June 17, 1797

 16 Artaxerxes III

Artaxerxes III
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0425 AD
Birthplace: Achaemenid Empire, iran
Died: November 30, 0338

 17 Bessus

Bessus
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 0329 BC

 18 Artaxerxes I of Persia

Artaxerxes I of Persia
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Famous As: Kings of the Achaemenid Empire
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Susa
Died: 0424 BC
Son of Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I of Persia, ascended to the throne after commander Artabanus killed his father. When he came to know of the crime, Artaxerxes killed Artabanus in a fight. He was also known as Longimanus, or long-handed, due to right hand being longer than his left.

 19 Ghazan

Ghazan
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: November 5, 1271
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Iran
Died: May 11, 1304

 20 Cambyses I

Cambyses I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0600 BC
Birthplace: Anshan, Iran
Died: 0559 BC

 21 Naser al-Din Shah Qajar

Naser al-Din Shah Qajar
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: July 16, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tabrīz, Iran
Died: May 1, 1896

 22 Cyaxares

Cyaxares
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0625 BC
Birthplace: Ecbatana
Died: 0584 BC

 23 Fath-Ali Shah Qajar

Fath-Ali Shah Qajar
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Famous As: Shah of Qajar Iran
Birthdate: September 25, 1772
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Damghan, Iran
Died: October 23, 1834

 24 Tughril

Tughril
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0990 AD
Birthplace: Persia
Died: September 4, 1063

 25 Sogdianus of Persia

Sogdianus of Persia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 0423 BC

 26 Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar

Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: March 23, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tabriz, Iran
Died: January 3, 1907

 27 Mithridates I of Parthia

Mithridates I of Parthia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0195 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0132 BC

 28 Bahram V

Bahram V
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0400 AD
Died: 0438 AD

 29 Enmebaragesi

Enmebaragesi
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Famous As: King of Kish
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 2680 AD

 30 Karim Khan Zand

Karim Khan Zand
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1705 AD
Birthplace: Malayer, Iran
Died: March 1, 1779

 31 Abbas Mirza

Abbas Mirza
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: August 20, 1789
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nava, Iran
Died: October 25, 1833

 32 Deioces

Deioces
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0710 AD
Birthplace: Media
Died: 0657 AD

 33 Gondophares

Gondophares
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: October 31, 0000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0046 AD

 34 Shah Rukh

Shah Rukh
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: August 20, 1377
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Died: March 13, 1447

 35 Lotf Ali Khan

Lotf Ali Khan
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1769 AD
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 1794 AD

 36 Öljeitü

Öljeitü
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: March 24, 1282
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iran
Died: December 16, 1316

 37 Ḥusayn I

Ḥusayn I
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Famous As: Ṣafavid ruler
Birthdate: September 30, 1668
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran
Died: November 15, 1726

 38 Xerxes II of Persia

Xerxes II of Persia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 0424 BC

 39 Sasan

Sasan
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 40 Mithridates II of Parthia

Mithridates II of Parthia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Parthia, Iran
Died: 0091 BC

 41 Narseh

Narseh
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0293 AD
Died: 0302 AD

 42 Antiochus VII Sidetes

Antiochus VII Sidetes
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0159 BC
Birthplace: Side
Died: 0129 BC

 43 Bahram I

Bahram I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Istakhr
Died: August 31, 0274

 44 Hormizd I

Hormizd I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: May 31, 0272

 45 Phraortes

Phraortes
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0665 AD
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 0633 AD

 46 Vologases I of Parthia

Vologases I of Parthia
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Famous As: King of Parthia
Birthdate: 0025 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0078 AD

 47 Aḍud ad-Dawlah

Aḍud ad-Dawlah
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Famous As: Būyid ruler
Birthdate: September 24, 0936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran
Died: March 26, 0983

 48 Shapur III

Shapur III
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: November 30, 0388

 49 Ardashir II

Ardashir II
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0309 AD
Birthplace: Sasanian
Died: 0383 AD

 50 Orodes II

Orodes II
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 0037 AD