Famous People Of The 2nd Century

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
16
Birthdate: April 26, 0121
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 17, 0180

 2 
Commodus
(Roman Emperor)

Commodus
8
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
18
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)

Spartacus
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0111 BC
Birthplace: Thrace
Died: 0071 BC

 5 
Claudius Ptolemy
(Astronomer, Cartographer & Mathematician)

Claudius Ptolemy
9
Birthdate: 0090 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 0168 AD

 6 
Hannibal
(Military General)

Hannibal
6
Birthdate: 0247 BC
Birthplace: Carthage, Tunisia
Died: 0184 BC

 7 
Hadrian
(Roman Emperor)

Hadrian
9
Birthdate: January 24, 0076
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Italica, Hispania
Died: July 10, 0138
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 8 
Pompey
(Roman General)

Pompey
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 29, 0106
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Picenum
Died: September 28, 0048

 9 
Trajan
(Roman Emperor)

Trajan
8
Birthdate: September 18, 0053
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hispania Baetica
Died: August 8, 0117

 10 
Septimius Severus
(Roman Emperor (193-211))

Septimius Severus
6
Birthdate: April 11, 0145
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leptis Magna, Libya
Died: February 4, 0211

 11 
Antoninus Pius
(Roman Emperor)

Antoninus Pius
3
Birthdate: September 19, 0086
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lanuvium, Italy
Died: March 7, 0161

 12 
Cao Cao
(Politician, Poet, Warlord)

Cao Cao
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0155 AD
Birthplace: Bozhou, Anhui, China
Died: March 15, 0220

 13 
Plutarch
(Philosopher, Biographer)

Plutarch
2
Birthdate: 0046 AD
Birthplace: Chaeronea, Greece
Died: 0119 AD

 14 
Galen
(Physician)

Galen
1
Birthdate: 0130 AD
Birthplace: Pergamon, Turkey
Died: 0200 AD

 15 
Gaius Marius
(Roman General)

Gaius Marius
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0157 BC
Birthplace: Arpinum
Died: January 13, 0086

 16 
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

Tertullian
0
Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Carthage, Tunisia
Died: 0225 AD

 18 
Queen Himiko
(Queen of Japan)

Queen Himiko
4
Birthdate: 0170 AD
Birthplace: Yamatai, Japan
Died: 0248 AD

 19 
Epictetus
(Philosopher)

Epictetus
0
Birthdate: 0050 AD
Birthplace: Hierapolis Ancient City, Turkey
Died: 0135 AD

 20 
Polycarp
(Martyr)

Polycarp
2
Birthdate: 0069 AD
Birthplace: Smyrna, Turkey
Died: February 23, 0155

 21 
Antinous
(Companion of Hadrian)

Antinous
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0111 AD
Birthplace: Bolu, Turkey
Died: October 30, 0130

 22 
Pertinax
(Military Leader)

Pertinax
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 0126
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alba Pompeia, Italy
Died: March 28, 0193

 23 
Didius Julianus
(Roman Emperor (193))

Didius Julianus
2
Birthdate: January 29, 0133
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mediolanum
Died: June 1, 0193

 24 

Ignatius of Antioch
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Roman Syria
Died: 0140 AD

 25 
Liu Bei
(Founder of the Chinese Shu Han Dynasty)

Liu Bei
1
Birthdate: 0161 AD
Birthplace: Zhuozhou, Baoding, China
Died: June 10, 0223

 26 
Zhuge Liang
(Military Strategist, Inventor)

Zhuge Liang
1
Birthdate: 0181 AD
Birthplace: Shandong, China
Died: 0234 AD

 27 
Lucius Verus
(Roman Emperor)

Lucius Verus
0
Birthdate: December 15, 0130
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 23, 0169

 28 
Irenaeus
(Bishop)

Irenaeus
3
Birthdate: 0130 AD
Birthplace: Smyrna, Turkey
Died: 0202 AD

 29 
Tiberius Gracchus
(Roman Politician)

Tiberius Gracchus
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0163 BC
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0133 BC

 30 
Justin Martyr
(Christian Apologist)

Justin Martyr
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0100 AD
Birthplace: Nablus
Died: 0165 AD

 31 
Nagarjuna
(Philosopher)

Nagarjuna
0
Birthdate: 0150 AD
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: 0250 AD
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 32 
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

 33 
Ardashir I
(Shahanshah of the Sasanian Empire (224–242))

Ardashir I
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Banvan, Iran
Died: January 31, 0242

 34 
Origen
(Theologian, Cleric, Writer, Translator, Philosopher)

Origen
3
Birthdate: 0185 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0253 AD

 35 
Sima Yi
(General)

Sima Yi
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0179 AD
Birthplace: Wen County, Henan, Jiaozuo, China
Died: September 7, 0251

 36 
Lucilla
(Ruler)

Lucilla
1
Birthdate: March 7, 0150
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0182 AD

 37 
Jugurtha
(King)

Jugurtha
1
Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Cirta, Algeria
Died: 0104 AD

 38 
Sima Qian
(Historian)

Sima Qian
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0145 BC
Birthplace: Hejin, Yuncheng, China
Died: 0086 AD

 39 

Tigranes the Great
0
Birthdate: 0140 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0055 BC

 40 
Héloïse
(French nun)

Héloïse
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1101 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 16, 1164

Demetrius I of Bactria
1
Birthdate: 0222 AD
Birthplace: Bactria, Afghanistan
Died: 0180 AD

Mithridates I of Parthia
1
Birthdate: 0195 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0132 BC

 43 
Apollonius of Tyana
(Philosopher)

Apollonius of Tyana
0
Birthdate: 0015 AD
Birthplace: Tyana, Turkey
Died: 0100 AD

 44 

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

Duṭṭhagāmaṇī
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Died: 0137 AD

 47 
Masinissa
(King)

Masinissa
2
Birthdate: 0238 AD
Birthplace: Mascula, Algeria
Died: 0148 AD

 48 
Marcia Mistress
(Mistress)

Marcia Mistress
0
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: May 5, 0167
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy

 49 

Pope Zephyrinus
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Roman Empire
Died: December 20, 0217

 50 
Aśvaghoṣa
(First Sanskrit Dramatist, and the Greatest Indian Poet Prior to Kālidāsa)

Aśvaghoṣa
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0080 AD
Birthplace: Ayodhya, India
Died: 0150 AD