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

Cao CaoCao Cao
18 March 0155, Chinese
Chinese warlord

Antoninus PiusAntoninus Pius
19 September 0086, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor
GalenGalen
0130 AD, Greek
Physician

TacitusTacitus
0056 AD, Ancient Roman
Historian
PertinaxPertinax
01 August 0126, Ancient Roman
Military Leader

OrigenOrigen
0184 AD, Egyptian
Theologian

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

Zhuge LiangZhuge Liang
0181 AD, Chinese
Military Strategist, Inventor

Gaius MariusGaius Marius
0157 BC, Ancient Roman
Roman General
TertullianTertullian
0160 AD, Tunisian
 

IrenaeusIrenaeus
0130 AD, Turkish, Ancient Roman
Bishop

NagarjunaNagarjuna
0150 AD, Indian
Philosopher

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

Justin MartyrJustin Martyr
0100 AD, Palestinian
Christian Apologist
Cato the ElderCato the Elder
0234 BC, Ancient Roman
Historian

Mithridates VI of PontusMithridates VI of Pontus
0135 BC, Turkish
King of Pontus

Lucius VerusLucius Verus
15 December 0130, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor
Tiberius GracchusTiberius Gracchus
0165 BC, Ancient Roman
Military Leader

Claudius PtolemyClaudius Ptolemy
0090 AD, Ancient Roman
Astronomer, Cartographer & Mathematician
Queen HimikoQueen Himiko
0170 AD, Japanese
Queen of Japan

PtolemyPtolemy
0100 AD, Egyptian
Writer

JasonJason
Israeli
High Priest
Guan YuGuan Yu
Chinese, Kosovar
 

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PatanjaliPatanjali
Indian
Hindu author, mystic, and philosopher
Hillel the ElderHillel the Elder
0110 AD, Iraqi
Jewish scholar

HimikoHimiko
0175 AD, Japanese
Queen

KanishkaKanishka
0078 AD, Indian, Pakistani
King

Dong ZhuoDong Zhuo
0138 AD, Chinese
Warlord
Apollonius of TyanaApollonius of Tyana
0015 AD, Greek, Ancient Roman
Philosopher
TerenceTerence
0185 BC, Tunisian
Playwright

HéloïseHéloïse
1101 AD, French
French nun

ArrianArrian
0086 AD, Greek
Greek historian

Empress LüEmpress Lü
0241 AD, Chinese
Empress of Han dynasty
Zhao GaoZhao Gao
0258 AD, Chinese
Politician

Hua TuoHua Tuo
Chinese
Physician

Zhang QianZhang Qian
0164 AD, Chinese
Diplomat

Saint EustaceSaint Eustace
Italian
martyr

John HyrcanusJohn Hyrcanus
0104 AD
Priest
Demetrius I of BactriaDemetrius I of Bactria
0222 AD, Afghan
King

AśvaghoṣaAśvaghoṣa
0080 AD, Indian
Philosopher
Peter WaldoPeter Waldo
1140 AD, French
Religious leader

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

Pope ZephyrinusPope Zephyrinus
Ancient Roman
Bishop
BasilidesBasilides
Egyptian
Teacher

Claudius AelianusClaudius Aelianus
0175 AD, Italian
Roman author and teacher
Pope EleutheriusPope Eleutherius
Greek
Bishop

Herodes AtticusHerodes Atticus
0101 AD, Greek
Politician

Rabbi MeirRabbi Meir
Israeli
Rabbi

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

CerinthusCerinthus
0100 AD, Turkish
Theologian
Sextus Julius AfricanusSextus Julius Africanus
0160 AD, Israeli
Christian historian

Cao ZhiCao Zhi
0192 AD, Chinese
Poet

Xiao HeXiao He
0257 AD, Chinese
Politician

HerodianHerodian
0170 AD, Ancient Roman
Civil servant
Berenice III of EgyptBerenice III of Egypt
0114 AD, Egyptian
Monarch

Baldwin VBaldwin V
31 July 1177, Palestinian
King
Titus Pomponius AtticusTitus Pomponius Atticus
0110 AD, Italian
Author

Julia MaesaJulia Maesa
07 May 0160, Syrian
Roman aristocrat

Judah ha-NasiJudah ha-Nasi
0135 AD, Palestinian
Rabbi
Ban ZhaoBan Zhao
0049 AD, Chinese
Historian

Titus Quinctius FlamininusTitus Quinctius Flamininus
0229 AD, Ancient Roman
Politician
Artabanus IV of ParthiaArtabanus IV of Parthia
0191 AD, Iranian
King

Fan ZhongyanFan Zhongyan
05 September 0989, Chinese
Poet

Zhang ZhongjingZhang Zhongjing
0150 AD, Chinese
Physician
Alexander of AbonoteichusAlexander of Abonoteichus
0105 AD, Greek
Mystic

Aristobulus IAristobulus I
Israeli
King
Zhang DaolingZhang Daoling
0034 AD, Chinese
Religious leader

GaiusGaius
0130 AD, Ancient Roman
Jurist

Marcus Cornelius FrontoMarcus Cornelius Fronto
0100 AD, Ancient Roman
Advocate

Artaxias IArtaxias I
0230 AD, Armenian
King
Sextus Pompeius FestusSextus Pompeius Festus
Ancient Roman
Grammarian
Lucius AcciusLucius Accius
0170 AD, Italian
Roman poet

Dong ZhongshuDong Zhongshu
0179 AD, Chinese
Philosopher

Aquila of SinopeAquila of Sinope
Turkish
Biblical scholar

BardaisanBardaisan
11 July 0154, Syrian
Philosopher
Jonathan ApphusJonathan Apphus
Religious leader

Lu BuLu Bu
0161 AD, Chinese
Military General

Rabbi IshmaelRabbi Ishmael
0090 AD, Israeli
Rabbi

Crates of MallusCrates of Mallus
Greek
Grammarian

Liu AnLiu An
0179 AD, Chinese
Author
Julia Avita MamaeaJulia Avita Mamaea
0180 AD, Syrian
Noble Woman

EunusEunus
Ancient Roman
Slave
Gamaliel IIGamaliel II
Israeli
Rabbi

FavorinusFavorinus
0080 AD, Italian
Philosopher
Lucius Licinius CrassusLucius Licinius Crassus
31 August 0140, Ancient Roman
Politician
Peregrinus ProteusPeregrinus Proteus
0095 AD, Ancient Roman
Philosopher