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

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

Antoninus PiusAntoninus Pius
19 September 0086, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

TacitusTacitus
0056 AD, Ancient Roman
Historian
Cao CaoCao Cao
18 March 0155, Chinese
Chinese warlord

GalenGalen
0130 AD, Greek
Physician
PertinaxPertinax
01 August 0126, Ancient Roman
Military Leader

AntinousAntinous
29 November 0111, Greek, Turkish
Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Lover

Gaius MariusGaius Marius
0157 BC, Ancient Roman
Roman General

OrigenOrigen
0184 AD, Egyptian
Theologian

Zhuge LiangZhuge Liang
0181 AD, Chinese
Military Strategist, Inventor
Queen HimikoQueen Himiko
0170 AD, Japanese
Queen of Japan

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

TertullianTertullian
0160 AD, Tunisian
 

Didius JulianusDidius Julianus
02 February 0137, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor
Cato the ElderCato the Elder
0234 BC, Ancient Roman
Historian

Lucius VerusLucius Verus
15 December 0130, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor
PolycarpPolycarp
0069 AD, Turkish
Saint

Justin MartyrJustin Martyr
0100 AD, Palestinian
Christian Apologist

IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD, Turkish, Ancient Roman
Bishop
NagarjunaNagarjuna
0150 AD, Indian
Philosopher

Tiberius GracchusTiberius Gracchus
0165 BC, Ancient Roman
Military Leader
Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC, Turkish
King of Pontus

HannibalHannibal
0247 BC, Tunisian
Military General

PtolemyPtolemy
0100 AD, Egyptian
Writer
Lu BuLu Bu
0161 AD, Chinese
Military General

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Guan YuGuan Yu
Chinese, Kosovar
 
HimikoHimiko
0175 AD, Japanese
Queen

Citium ZenoCitium Zeno
30 November 0334, Cypriot
Philosopher

LucillaLucilla
07 March 0150, Italian
Ruler

KanishkaKanishka
0078 AD, Indian, Pakistani
King
Tigranes the GreatTigranes the Great
0140 BC, Armenian
King
Hillel the ElderHillel the Elder
0110 AD, Iraqi
Jewish scholar

Rabbi HillelRabbi Hillel
0110 AD, Israeli
Spiritual & Religious Leader

Annia Galeria FaustinaAnnia Galeria Faustina
21 September 0130, Ancient Roman
Roman patrician

Sima YiSima Yi
0179 AD, Chinese
General
CharakaCharaka
0100 AD, Indian
Writer

Dong ZhuoDong Zhuo
0138 AD, Chinese
Warlord

Clement of AlexandriaClement of Alexandria
0150 AD, Greek
Theologian

Sima QianSima Qian
0145 BC, Chinese
Historian

Baldwin VBaldwin V
31 July 1177, Palestinian
King
HéloïseHéloïse
1101 AD, French
French nun

Apollonius of TyanaApollonius of Tyana
0015 AD, Greek, Ancient Roman
Philosopher
TerenceTerence
0185 BC, Tunisian
Playwright

Marcion of SinopeMarcion of Sinope
0085 AD, Greek
Theologian

MontanusMontanus
Religious leader
Hippolytus of RomeHippolytus of Rome
0170 AD, Italian
Theologian

Simon bar KokhbaSimon bar Kokhba
Ancient Roman
Military leader
Cai LunCai Lun
0050 AD, Chinese
Inventor

ApuleiusApuleius
0125 AD, Ancient Roman
Writer

MasinissaMasinissa
0238 AD, Algerian
King

ArrianArrian
0086 AD, Greek
Greek historian

Tostig GodwinsonTostig Godwinson
1026 AD, British
Earl
MattathiasMattathias
Kohen

LucullusLucullus
0118 BC, Ancient Roman
Politician

Zhao GaoZhao Gao
0258 AD, Chinese
Politician

Empress LüEmpress Lü
0241 AD, Chinese
Empress of Han dynasty
ValentinusValentinus
0100 AD, Greek
Theologian

Marcia MistressMarcia Mistress
05 May 0167, Italian
Mistress
Saint EustaceSaint Eustace
Italian
martyr

Pope ZephyrinusPope Zephyrinus
Ancient Roman
Bishop

AppianAppian
0095 AD, Egyptian, Greek, Ancient Roman
Historian
Ptolemy VIII PhysconPtolemy VIII Physcon
0184 AD, Egyptian
King

Hua TuoHua Tuo
Chinese
Physician
John HyrcanusJohn Hyrcanus
0104 AD
Priest

Zhang QianZhang Qian
0164 AD, Chinese
Diplomat

DuṭṭhagāmaṇīDuṭṭhagāmaṇī
Sri Lankan
King
Pope Alexander IPope Alexander I
10 January 0075, Ancient Roman
Pope

AśvaghoṣaAśvaghoṣa
0080 AD, Indian
Philosopher
Mithridates I of ParthiaMithridates I of Parthia
0195 BC, Iranian
King

Pope AnicetusPope Anicetus
09 December 0092, Italian, Syrian
Pope

Avidius CassiusAvidius Cassius
0130 AD, Ancient Roman
Military General

Apollodorus of DamascusApollodorus of Damascus
0050 AD, Ancient Roman
Greek Engineer
Emperor Jing of HanEmperor Jing of Han
0188 AD, Chinese
Emperor
Sextus Julius AfricanusSextus Julius Africanus
0160 AD, Israeli
Christian historian

Clodius AlbinusClodius Albinus
0150 AD, Ancient Roman
Roman general

Demetrius I of BactriaDemetrius I of Bactria
0222 AD, Afghan
King

Shimon bar YochaiShimon bar Yochai
Israeli
Scholar
Saint HyginusSaint Hyginus
18 March 0074, Greek, Italian
Pope

Herodes AtticusHerodes Atticus
0101 AD, Greek
Politician

Pope EleutheriusPope Eleutherius
Greek
Bishop

Julia MaesaJulia Maesa
07 May 0160, Syrian
Roman aristocrat

BasilidesBasilides
Egyptian
Teacher
JustinJustin
Ancient Roman
Writer

CorneliaCornelia
Ancient Roman
Aristocrat
Judah ha-NasiJudah ha-Nasi
0135 AD, Palestinian
Rabbi

Ban ZhaoBan Zhao
0049 AD, Chinese
Historian
Lucius Aemilius Paullus MacedonicusLucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus
0229 AD, Italian
General
Berenice III of EgyptBerenice III of Egypt
0114 AD, Egyptian
Monarch