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.
Julius CaesarJulius Caesar
13 July 0100, Ancient Roman
Former Roman dictator
Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius
26 April 0121, Italian
Philosopher

CommodusCommodus
31 August 0161, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

HadrianHadrian
24 January 0076, Italian
Roman Emperor

TrajanTrajan
18 September 0053, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Claudius PtolemyClaudius Ptolemy
0090 AD, Ancient Roman
Astronomer, Cartographer & Mathematician
Septimius SeverusSeptimius Severus
11 April 0145, Libyan
Roman Emperor

Antoninus PiusAntoninus Pius
19 September 0086, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Cao CaoCao Cao
18 March 0155, Chinese
Chinese warlord
PertinaxPertinax
01 August 0126, Ancient Roman
Military Leader

AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111, Greek, Turkish
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover
TacitusTacitus
0056 AD, Ancient Roman
Historian

GalenGalen
0130 AD, Greek
Physician

OrigenOrigen
0184 AD, Egyptian
Theologian

Gaius MariusGaius Marius
0157 BC, Ancient Roman
Roman General

PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD, Turkish
Saint
Didius JulianusDidius Julianus
02 February 0137, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Zhuge LiangZhuge Liang
0181 AD, Chinese
Military Strategist, Inventor

Liu BeiLiu Bei
0161 AD, Chinese
Founder of the Chinese Shu Han Dynasty

TertullianTertullian
0160 AD, Tunisian
 
Cato the ElderCato the Elder
0234 BC, Ancient Roman
Historian

Lucius VerusLucius Verus
15 December 0130, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor
IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD, Turkish, Ancient Roman
Bishop

Justin MartyrJustin Martyr
0100 AD, Palestinian
Christian Apologist

Queen HimikoQueen Himiko
0170 AD, Japanese
Queen of Japan
Tiberius GracchusTiberius Gracchus
0165 BC, Ancient Roman
Military Leader

NagarjunaNagarjuna
0150 AD, Indian
Philosopher
Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC, Turkish
King of Pontus

HannibalHannibal
0247 BC, Tunisian
Military General

Lu BuLu Bu
0161 AD, Chinese
Military General
Guan YuGuan Yu
Chinese, Kosovar
 

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PatanjaliPatanjali
Indian
Author
KanishkaKanishka
0078 AD, Indian, Pakistani
King

LucillaLucilla
07 March 0150, Italian
Ruler

Hillel the ElderHillel the Elder
0110 AD, Iraqi
Jewish scholar

Annia Galeria FaustinaAnnia Galeria Faustina
21 September 0130, Ancient Roman
Roman patrician
Sima YiSima Yi
0179 AD, Chinese
General
Dong ZhuoDong Zhuo
0138 AD, Chinese
Warlord

CharakaCharaka
0100 AD, Indian
Writer

HéloïseHéloïse
1101 AD, French
French nun

Clement of AlexandriaClement of Alexandria
0150 AD, Greek
Theologian
Sima QianSima Qian
0145 BC, Chinese
Historian

Apollonius of TyanaApollonius of Tyana
0015 AD, Greek, Ancient Roman
Philosopher

MontanusMontanus
Religious leader

Simon bar KokhbaSimon bar Kokhba
Ancient Roman
Military leader

TerenceTerence
0185 BC, Tunisian
Playwright
Marcion of SinopeMarcion of Sinope
0085 AD, Greek
Theologian

CetoCeto
Greek
Daughter of Pontus
Baldwin VBaldwin V
31 July 1177, Palestinian
King

Hippolytus of RomeHippolytus of Rome
0170 AD, Italian
Theologian

Tigranes the GreatTigranes the Great
0140 BC, Armenian
King
Cai LunCai Lun
0050 AD, Chinese
Inventor

ArrianArrian
0086 AD, Greek
Greek historian
ValentinusValentinus
0100 AD, Greek
Theologian

MasinissaMasinissa
0238 AD, Algerian
King

Zhao GaoZhao Gao
0258 AD, Chinese
Politician

ApuleiusApuleius
0125 AD, Ancient Roman
Writer

Tostig GodwinsonTostig Godwinson
1026 AD, British
Earl
DuṭṭhagāmaṇīDuṭṭhagāmaṇī
Sri Lankan
King

Empress LüEmpress Lü
0241 AD, Chinese
Empress of Han dynasty

Marcia MistressMarcia Mistress
05 May 0167, Italian
Mistress

Ptolemy VIII PhysconPtolemy VIII Physcon
0184 AD, Egyptian
King
LucullusLucullus
0118 BC, Ancient Roman
Politician

Zhang QianZhang Qian
0164 AD, Chinese
Diplomat
AppianAppian
0095 AD, Egyptian, Greek, Ancient Roman
Historian

HippolytusHippolytus
Greek
Archer

AśvaghoṣaAśvaghoṣa
0080 AD, Indian
Philosopher
John HyrcanusJohn Hyrcanus
0104 AD
Priest

Hua TuoHua Tuo
Chinese
Physician
Pope Alexander IPope Alexander I
10 January 0075, Ancient Roman
Pope

Saint EustaceSaint Eustace
Italian
martyr

Clodius AlbinusClodius Albinus
0150 AD, Ancient Roman
Roman general
Pope AnicetusPope Anicetus
09 December 0092, Italian, Syrian
Pope

Mithridates I of ParthiaMithridates I of Parthia
0195 BC, Iranian
King
Demetrius I of BactriaDemetrius I of Bactria
0222 AD, Afghan
King

Avidius CassiusAvidius Cassius
0130 AD, Ancient Roman
Military General

Emperor Jing of HanEmperor Jing of Han
0188 AD, Chinese
Emperor

Pope HyginusPope Hyginus
18 March 0074, Greek, Italian
Pope
Julia MaesaJulia Maesa
07 May 0160, Syrian
Roman aristocrat
CorneliaCornelia
Ancient Roman
Aristocrat

Saint Aelred of RievaulxSaint Aelred of Rievaulx
1110 AD, British
Cistercian Monk

Pope ZephyrinusPope Zephyrinus
Ancient Roman
Bishop

Herodes AtticusHerodes Atticus
0101 AD, Greek
Politician
MattathiasMattathias
Kohen

Shimon bar YochaiShimon bar Yochai
Israeli
Scholar

Cleopatra TheaCleopatra Thea
0164 AD, Egyptian
Ruler

Apollodorus of DamascusApollodorus of Damascus
0050 AD, Ancient Roman
Greek Engineer

Pope EleutheriusPope Eleutherius
Greek
Bishop
BasilidesBasilides
Egyptian
Teacher

Sextus Julius AfricanusSextus Julius Africanus
0160 AD, Israeli
Christian historian
Xiao HeXiao He
0257 AD, Chinese
Politician

JustinJustin
Ancient Roman
Writer
Ban ZhaoBan Zhao
0049 AD, Chinese
Historian
Lucius Aemilius Paullus MacedonicusLucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus
0229 AD, Italian
General