Famous People Of The 2nd Century

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The 2nd century saw the Roman Empire expand exponentially under the emperor Trajan who is listed in the annals of history as one of the most influential personalities of the time. The period also saw the reign and death of the philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius. The prominent Chinese scholar Cai Yong lived during this era, as did Nagarjuna, the founder of Madhyamaka Buddhism. The period was significant from a literary point of view as well with important writers like Aulus Gellius, Chariton, and Juvenal enriching the world with their works. Check out this section to know more about the famous people of the 2nd century.
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 1 
Marcus Aurelius
(Philosopher)
Marcus Aurelius
19
Birthdate: April 26, 0121
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 17, 0180
 2 
Commodus
(Roman Emperor)
Commodus
14
Birthdate: August 31, 0161
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lanuvium
Died: December 31, 0192
 3 
Cicero
(One of Rome's Greatest Orators of Politics and Prose Stylists)
Cicero
24
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 3, 0106
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arpino, Italy
Died: December 7, 0043
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 4 
Spartacus
(Thracian Gladiator and One of the Escaped Slave Leaders in the Third Servile War)
Spartacus
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0103 BC
Birthplace: Thrace
Died: 0071 BC
 5 
Claudius Ptolemy
(Astronomer, Cartographer & Mathematician)
Claudius Ptolemy
22
Birthdate: 0090 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 0168 AD
 6 
Trajan
(Roman Emperor)
Trajan
11
Birthdate: September 18, 0053
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hispania Baetica
Died: August 8, 0117
 7 
Hadrian
(Roman Emperor)
Hadrian
10
Birthdate: January 24, 0076
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Italica, Hispania
Died: July 10, 0138
 8 
Pompey
(Roman General and Statesman)
Pompey
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 29, 0106
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Picenum
Died: September 28, 0048
 9 
Septimius Severus
(Roman Emperor from 193 to 211)
Septimius Severus
8
Birthdate: April 11, 0145
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leptis Magna, Libya
Died: February 4, 0211
 10 
Antoninus Pius
(Roman Emperor)
Antoninus Pius
4
Birthdate: September 19, 0086
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lanuvium, Italy
Died: March 7, 0161
 11 
Cao Cao
(Chinese Statesman, Warlord, Poet and the Penultimate Grand Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty)
Cao Cao
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0155 AD
Birthplace: Bozhou, Anhui, China
Died: March 15, 0220
 12 
Galen
(Physician)
Galen
1
Birthdate: 0130 AD
Birthplace: Pergamon, Turkey
Died: 0200 AD
 13 
Plutarch
(Greek Middle Platonist Philosopher, Historian, Biographer and Priest)
Plutarch
3
Birthdate: 0046 AD
Birthplace: Chaeronea, Greece
Died: 0119 AD
 14 
Gaius Marius
(Roman General)
Gaius Marius
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0157 BC
Birthplace: Arpinum
Died: January 13, 0086
 15 
Lu Bu
(Chinese Army General and Warlord of the 2nd Century)
Lu Bu
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0161 AD
Birthplace: Wuyuan Commandery, China
Died: February 7, 0199
 16 
Pertinax
(Military Leader)
Pertinax
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 0126
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alba Pompeia, Italy
Died: March 28, 0193
 17 
Antinous
(Companion of Hadrian)
Antinous
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0111 AD
Birthplace: Bolu, Turkey
Died: October 30, 0130
 18 
Queen Himiko
(Queen of Japan)
Queen Himiko
5
Birthdate: 0170 AD
Birthplace: Yamatai, Japan
Died: 0248 AD
 19 
Epictetus
(Greek Stoic Philosopher)
Epictetus
0
Birthdate: 0050 AD
Birthplace: Hierapolis Ancient City, Turkey
Died: 0135 AD
 20 
Polycarp
(Christian Bishop of Smyrna)
Polycarp
4
Birthdate: 0069 AD
Birthplace: Turkey
Died: 0155 AD
 21 
Tertullian
(The First Christian Author to Produce an Extensive Corpus of Latin Christian Literature)
Tertullian
8
Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Carthage, Tunisia
Died: 0225 AD
 22 
Ignatius of Antioch
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthplace: Roman Syria
Died: 0140 AD
 23 
Scipio Africanus
(One of the Best Military Commanders and Strategists of All Time)
Scipio Africanus
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0236 BC
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0183 BC
 24 
Liu Bei
(Founder of the Chinese Shu Han Dynasty)
Liu Bei
1
Birthdate: 0161 AD
Birthplace: Zhuozhou, Baoding, China
Died: June 10, 0223
 25 
Didius Julianus
(Roman Emperor for Nine Weeks (193))
Didius Julianus
3
Birthdate: January 29, 0133
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mediolanum
Died: June 1, 0193
 26 
Lucius Verus
(Roman Emperor)
Lucius Verus
0
Birthdate: December 15, 0130
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 23, 0169
 27 
Tiberius Gracchus
(Roman Politician and Soldier)
Tiberius Gracchus
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0163 BC
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0133 BC
 28 
Irenaeus
(2nd Century Greek Bishop Who Developed Christian Theology and Defined Catholic and Orthodox doctrines of the Apostolic Churches)
Irenaeus
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0130 AD
Birthplace: İzmir, Turkey
Died: 0202 AD
 29 
Zhuge Liang
(Military Strategist, Inventor)
Zhuge Liang
1
Birthdate: 0181 AD
Birthplace: Shandong, China
Died: 0234 AD
 30 
Justin Martyr
(Christian Apologist)
Justin Martyr
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0100 AD
Birthplace: Nablus
Died: 0165 AD
 31 
Guan Yu
(Military general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China)
Guan Yu
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Yuncheng, Shanxi, China
Died: 0220 AD
 32 
Ardashir I
(Shahanshah of the Sasanian Empire (224–242))
Ardashir I
0
Birthplace: Banvan, Iran
Died: January 31, 0242
 33 
Origen
(Christian Scholar, Ascetic and Theologian)
Origen
3
Birthdate: 0185 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0253 AD
 34 
Lucilla
(Ruler)
Lucilla
1
Birthdate: March 7, 0150
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0182 AD
 35 
Hagar
(Abraham’s concubine and the mother of his son Ishmael)
Hagar
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Egypt
 36 
Maximinus Thrax
(Roman Emperor from 235 to 238)
Maximinus Thrax
0
Birthdate: 0173 AD
Birthplace: Thracia
Died: 0238 AD
 37 
Nagarjuna
(Philosopher)
Nagarjuna
2
Birthdate: 0150 AD
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: 0250 AD
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 38 
Jugurtha
(King)
Jugurtha
1
Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Cirta, Algeria
Died: 0104 AD
 39 
Macrinus
(Roman emperor)
Macrinus
0
Birthdate: 0164 AD
Birthplace: Caesarea of Mauretania
Died: May 31, 0218
 40 
Tigranes the Great
0
Birthdate: 0140 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0055 BC
 41 
Sima Qian
(Chinese Historian and Astrologer)
Sima Qian
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0145 AD
Birthplace: Hejin, Yuncheng, China
Died: 0086 AD
Duṭṭhagāmaṇī
1
Birthplace: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Died: 0137 AD
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Sima Yi
(General)
Sima Yi
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0179 AD
Birthplace: Wen County, Henan, Jiaozuo, China
Died: September 7, 0251
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Clement of Alexandria
0
Birthdate: 0150 AD
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 0215 AD
 45 
Ptolemy XII Auletes
(Pharaoh of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt)
Ptolemy XII Auletes
0
Birthdate: 0117 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0051 AD
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Héloïse
(French Nun and Wife of the Theologian and Philosopher 'Peter Abelard')
Héloïse
0
Birthdate: 1101 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 16, 1164
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Masinissa
(Former King of Numidia (202 - 148 BC))
Masinissa
2
Birthdate: 0238 AD
Birthplace: Mascula, Algeria
Died: 0148 AD
Mithridates I of Parthia
1
Birthdate: 0195 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0132 BC
 49 
Demetrius I of Bactria
(Greco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek King)
Demetrius I of Bactria
1
Birthdate: 0222 AD
Birthplace: Bactria, Afghanistan
Died: 0180 AD
 50 
Lucullus
(Politician)
Lucullus
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0118 BC
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0056 BC