- List of people known as The Great
This is a list of people whose names in English are commonly appended with the phrase "the Great", or who were called that or an equivalent phrase in their own language. Other languages have their own suffixes such as "e Bozorg" and "e azam" in Persian and
The title "the Great" at first seems to be a simplification/colloquialism of the Persian title "Great King". This title was first used by the conqueror Cyrus II of Persia.In a
claycylinder ( [http://www.livius.org/ct-cz/cyrus_I/cyrus_cylinder.html online] ). Note that the expression was used in a propagandistic context: the conqueror wants to show he is a normal Babylonian ruler. The first Persian ruler to use the title in an Iranian context was Darius I of Persia("Darius the Great"), in the Behistun Inscription( [http://www.livius.org/be-bm/behistun/behistun01.html online] ).]
The Persian title was inherited by Alexander III of Macedon (336–
323 BC) when he conquered the Persian Empire, and the epithet "Great" eventually became personally associated with him. The first reference (in a comedy by Plautus)Plautus, "Mostellaria" 775.] assumes that everyone knew who "Alexander the Great" was. However, there is no earlier evidence that Alexander III of Macedon was called "the Great".
The early Seleucid kings, who succeeded Alexander in Persia, used "Great King" in local documents, but the title was most notably used for
Antiochus the Great(223– 187 BC); probably since he was the only Seleucid king to fight the Romans.
Later rulers and commanders began to use the
epithet"the Great" as a personal name, like the Roman general Pompey. Others received the surname retrospectively, like the Carthaginian Hanno and the Indian emperor Ashoka the Great and the Hinduking Sivajithe Great. Once the surname gained currency, it was also used as an honorific surname for people without political careers, like the philosopher Albert the Great.
The following people normally have the words "the Great" appended to their names.
*Abbas the Great, Persia (Iran)
Akbar the Great, ruler of the Mughal Empire of South Asia
*Alain I the Great, Albret
*Albert the Great (aka Albertus Magnus), medieval German philosopher and theologian
Alexander the Great, King of Macedon
Alfonso the Greatof León
Alfred the Greatof Wessex, English
*Anawrahta the Great, Burma
Anthony the Great, early Christian saint of Egypt
Antiochus the Great, Seleucid Empire
Ashoka the Great, Indian emperor of the Maurya dynasty
Askia the Great, Mohamed Toure, Ruler of the Songhai Empire
*Bayinnaung the Great, Burma
*Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, Thailand
*Bolesław the Brave, sometimes called "the Great", Poland
*Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great, Thailand
Canute the Great, Danish, King of Denmark, England, and Norway
*Casimir the Great, Poland
*Catherine the Great, Russia
*Charles the Great, more commonly known as "
*Chulalongkorn the Great, Thailand
*Constantine the Great, Rome/Byzantium
Cyrus the Great, Persia (Iran)
Chandragupta Maurya, Indian emperor of the Maurya dynasty
*Darius the Great, Persia (Iran)
*Donia the Great - Grote Pier, (
1480- 1520), Frisia
Elpitha the great, Greece .
Ferdinand the Great, Castile and León
*Frederick the Great, Prussia
*Frederick the Great, Holy Roman Empire
The Great Gama, Rustam-e-Hindustan
Gertrude the Greatof Helfta, medieval mystic
*Gustavus Adolphus the Great, Sweden
Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo, Korea
Hanno the Great, Carthage
*Henry IV the Great, France
Herod the Great, Judea
Hugh the Great, abbot of Cluny, France
*Ivan the Great, Russia
*John the Great, Portugal
*Justinian the Great, Byzantium
*Kamehameha the Great, Hawai'i
*Kangxi The Great Emperor,
*Karim Khan The Great, Persia (Iran)
Lachit Borphukan, Assam, (India)
Llywelyn the Great, Wales/Gwynedd
*Louis the Great, Hungary and Poland
*Louis the Great, France
*Mithridates the Great,
*Mithridates the Great,
*Moctezuma the Great,
*Mubarak Al-Sabah the Great, Kuwait
*Mutsuhito the Great, Japan
*Nader Shah the Great, Persia (Iran)
*Napoleon the Great, France
Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor
Pacal the Great, Maya state of Palenque
*Parâkramabâhu the Great, Sri Lanka
*Petar Krešimir IV the Great, Croatia
*Peter the Great, Russia
*Peter III the Great, Aragon
Photius the Great, Eastern Orthodoxsaint and Patriarch of Constantinople
*Pompey the Great, Rome
Prokop the Great, Hussiteleader in Bohemia
Rajaraja The Great, Indian emperor of the Cholascite journal
last = Sarkar
first = Benoy Kumar
date = December
year = 1919
month = December
title = An English History of India
journal = Political Science Quarterly
volume = 34
issue = 4
pages = 649
url = http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0032-3195%28191912%2934%3A4%3C644%3AAEHOI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-H
quote = "The finances of the state were not more centralizedunder Louis XIV than under Rajaraja the Great." ] cite web|title= Heaven sent: Michael Wood explores the art of the Chola dynasty
publisher=Royal Academy, UK
accessdate=2007-04-26] cite web
title= The Chola Dynasty: Accession of Rajaraja, the Great
*Ramesses the Great, Ancient Egypt
Ramkhamhaeng the Great, Thailand
Rhodri the Great, Wales/Gwynedd
*Sancho III the Great, Navarre
*Sargon the Great, Akkad
*Sejong the Great, Korea
*Shapur the Great, Sassanid empire, Persia (Iran)
*Simeon I the Great, Bulgaria
*Stephen the Great, Moldova, Romania
St. Basil the Great, theologian, Cappadocia
St. Gregory the Great, pope
St. James the Great, apostle
St. Leo the Great, pope
Sultan Agung of Mataram, Mataram (Java)
*St. Macarius the Great, Egyptian hermit
*St. Nicholas the Great, pope
*Taksin the Great, Thailand
Tamburlaine the Great, Timurid Empire
Theodoric the Great, Ostrogoths
Theodosius the Great, Rome
Tigranes the Great, Armenia
*Tiridates the Great, Armenia
*Umar the Great, Arab Muslim Empire
*Valdemar I the Great, Denmark
*Vladimir Svyatoslavich the Great, Russia
Vytautas the Great, archduke of Lithuanian Grand Duchy
*William V the Great, Aquitaine
*William the Great, Maleval
*Xerxes the Great, Persia (Iran)
Yu the Great, China
Muhammad Ali, boxer ("The Great")
Alexandru cel Bun, ("the Kind"), Romanian voivode
Julio César Chávez, boxer ("The Great Mexican Champion")
Agostino Chigi, il Magnifico ("The Magnificent")
Ellaalan, ("the Just"), Sri Lanka
*Frederick William of Brandenburg, Großer Kurfürst ("the Great Elector")
Jackie Gleason(the Great One)
ElpithaThe Great. (Greece)
Wayne Gretzky(the Great One)
*Lorenzo il Magnifico, ("The Magnificent")
Lozang Gyatso, 5th Dalai Lama, "The Great Fifth Dalai Lama", Tibet
Leelavathi Naaichchi, ("the Brave"), Sri Lanka
Mihai Viteazul, ("the Brave"), Romanian voivode
Don Muraco, wrestler billed as "The Magnificent Muraco"
Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy
Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy
Eliyahu Rips, Lecturer of Mathematics ("The Great Annihilators lesson")
*The Rock, wrestler/actor ("Rocky", also known as "The Great One")
Stefan Dušan, ("The Forceful"), Serbian tzar
Ştefan cel Mare("The Great"), voivod of Moldavia
Stefan Visoki("The Tall"), Serbian despot
Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Empire
Felix Trinidad, boxer ("Tito", also known as "The Great Puerto Rican Champion")
The Great Antonio, Canadian giant and actor
The Great Kat, heavy metal guitarist and violinist
The Great Khali, professional WWE wrestler (India)
Mario Lemeiux, "The magnificent"
Abdulla the Great".
*Ahlsendar, called the Great King, in the Myst backstory.
Alice the Great" - Fictional character from the animated series, " Little Bill"
The Great Brain".
The Great Caruso".
The Great Cornholio".
Edward the Great" - title of an Iron Maiden'greatest hits' album, named after the band's mascot Eddie.
The Great Gatsbyin F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.
The Great Gazoofrom the cartoonseries The Flintstones.
The Great Gildersleeve".
*Gonzo the Great character from "
The Muppet Show".
*"The Great Jang Geum".
*The Great Leslie from the movie "
The Great Race" (1956)
The Great Merlini".
The Great MilenkoInsane Clown Posse Joker Card
*Henry the Great aka
*Nate the Great, from the "Nate the Great series", by
Marjorie W. Sharmat.
*The Great Pumpkin from
The Great Rupertfrom the 1950 film of the same name.
The Great Santini".
*Sheila the Great from
Judy Blume's Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
*The Great Skeeve from the novels of
*The Great Suprendo, British TV magic act by Geoffrey Durham.
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