World History Names - The Prehistoric World / The Ancient World / The Classic World (Up to 600 CE)

I got a World [name_m]History[/name_m] book for [name_u]Christmas[/name_u] and have finally gotten around to reading it! I knew that I would come across many interesting names in it, so I thought I would share them with everyone here!

This is from the first three chapters of the book and, although it isn’t every name from it, it’s quite a few. Each name is accompanied by a very brief description of the person.

I hope you enjoy!

Enki

A Mesopotamian god, and ruler of the Abyss, who created order from chaos

Narmer

The first pharaoh of the 1st Egyptian dynasty

Khufu

The Egyptian pharaoh who oversaw the building of the Great Pyramids

[name_m]Osiris[/name_m]

Egyptian God, [name_m]King[/name_m] of the dead

[name_m]Cyrus[/name_m]

Persian ruler, who founded the Achaemenid Empire

Gordian

Roman emperor who was defeated by the Persians

[name_m]Valerian[/name_m]

Roman emperor who was also defeated by the Persians

[name_m]Leonidas[/name_m]

Spartan king, led an army of only 300 Spartans against Persian forces in the battle of Thermopylae

[name_m]Pericles[/name_m]

Athenian orator/public statesman

Euripides

Greek writer of dramatic tragedies

[name_m]Aristotle[/name_m]

Greek philosopher

[name_m]Darius[/name_m]

Persian ruler who tried to invade Greece, but was unsuccessful

[name_m]Philip[/name_m]

King of Macedon, father to [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] the Great

[name_m]Alexander[/name_m]

Name of [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] the Great, Macedonian ruler who never lost a battle

[name_f]Roxana[/name_f]

Wife of [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] the Great.

[name_m]Romulus[/name_m]

Founder of [name_u]Rome[/name_u]. [name_m]Said[/name_m] to have been son of the god [name_u]Mars[/name_u]

[name_m]Remus[/name_m]

Brother to [name_m]Romulus[/name_m]

[name_m]Hannibal[/name_m]

Leading general of Carthage who crossed the Alps with [name_u]North[/name_u] African war elephants

[name_m]Marius[/name_m]

Reformer of the [name_m]Roman[/name_m] army

Sulla

Roman politician

[name_m]Julius[/name_m]

First name of [name_m]Julius[/name_m] [name_m]Caesar[/name_m], a dictator in [name_u]Rome[/name_u]

[name_m]Octavian[/name_m]

Adoptive son of [name_m]Julius[/name_m] [name_m]Caesar[/name_m]

[name_f]Cleopatra[/name_f]

Last pharaoh of Ancient [name_u]Egypt[/name_u]

[name_m]Augustus[/name_m]

The name [name_m]Octavian[/name_m] took upon becoming emperor

[name_f]Livia[/name_f]

Wife of [name_m]Augustus[/name_m]

[name_m]Claudius[/name_m]

Roman Emperor

[name_m]Nero[/name_m]

Problematic [name_m]Roman[/name_m] emperor

[name_m]Aurelius[/name_m]

In reference to [name_m]Marcus[/name_m] [name_m]Aurelius[/name_m], emperor of [name_u]Rome[/name_u]

[name_m]Lucius[/name_m]

Lucius Verus, who ruled with [name_m]Marcus[/name_m] [name_m]Aurelius[/name_m]

Maximian

Military colleague to Diocletian, who ruled jointly with him

[name_m]Alaric[/name_m]

The Goths’ greatest war leader, who led his tribe to [name_u]Rome[/name_u] in a sack

[name_m]Attila[/name_m]

Hun ruler, known as the “Scourge of God”

Ashoka

Ruler of the Mauryans who converted to Buddhism

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This is such a cool post, thank you for taking the time to put this together! :grin:

How interesting, I know a [name_m]Gordan[/name_m] who’s obsessed with [name_m]Roman[/name_m] history :thinking: Gordian, [name_m]Gordan[/name_m]… hmm :sweat_smile:

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Thank you for looking at it!

I’m hoping to do the rest of the book as well, once I have time to keep going

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“problematic” we love that for nero

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really cool collection! i remembered a lot of things i’d forgotten about some names + learnt some new things too!
it’d be kind of fun making combos out of names like these

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Such a cool list, I love [name_m]Julius[/name_m]

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This is an awesome list! I love [name_m]Valerian[/name_m], [name_m]Pericles[/name_m], Sulla, [name_m]Augustus[/name_m], and [name_m]Claudius[/name_m]!

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this is such a cool list!! so interesting :relaxed::relaxed:

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Such a lovely list! I love [name_m]Octavian[/name_m] and [name_m]Osiris[/name_m]

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How interesting! I especially like the names [name_m]Osiris[/name_m], [name_m]Valerian[/name_m], [name_m]Leonidas[/name_m], [name_m]Augustus[/name_m], [name_f]Livia[/name_f], [name_m]Aurelius[/name_m], and [name_m]Alaric[/name_m].

Pericles is cool too but will always remind me of Scooby Doo before I think of the ancient guy :joy:

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I love ancient names. I have an [name_m]Alaric[/name_m], plus [name_m]Marius[/name_m] and [name_m]Darius[/name_m] are definitely on my boy shortlist… not that I am thinking of another right now. [name_u]Four[/name_u] is exhausting!

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