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    Krishna, The Supreme Being
  Krishna, The Supreme Being
Krishna is a central figure of Hinduism and is traditionally attributed the authorship of the Bhagavad Gita. He is considered in some monotheistic traditions as an Avatar of Vishnu. Krishna is identified as a historical individual who participated in...
 
    Narmer, 1st King of all Egypt
  Narmer, 1st King of all Egypt
Narmer was an Egyptian Pharaoh who ruled in the 31st century BC. Thought to be the successor to the predynastic Scorpion and/or Ka, he is considered by some to be the founder of the First dynasty, and therefore the first king of all Egypt. There is a...
 
    Fu Xi or Fu Hsi, 1st of the Three Emperors
  Fu Xi or Fu Hsi, 1st of the Three Emperors
Fu Xi or Fu Hsi of the San Huang Dynasty, was the first of the mythical Three Sovereigns of ancient China. He is a culture hero reputed to be the inventor of writing, fishing, and trapping. The Yi Jing (or Zhou Yi; Wade-Giles I Ching) is attribute...
 
    Huang Di, One of the Five Emperors
  Huang Di, One of the Five Emperors
The Yellow Emperor or Huang Di is a legendary Chinese sovereign and cultural hero who is said to be the ancestor of all Han Chinese. One of the Five Emperors, the Yellow Emperor is said by tradition to have reigned from 2698 BCE to 2599 BCE. The l...
 
    Pharaoh Djoser, Build 1st pyramid
  Pharaoh Djoser, Build 1st pyramid
Netjerikhet or Djoser is the best-known pharaoh of the Third dynasty of Egypt. He commissioned his official, Imhotep (ca. 2650-2600 BC), to build the first of the pyramids, a step pyramid for him at Saqqara. Though there is significant controversy ab...
 
    Imhotep, Architect Pyramid of Djoser
  Imhotep, Architect Pyramid of Djoser
Imhotep (meaning "the one who comes in, with peace") was an Egyptian polymath, who served under the Third Dynasty king, Djoser, as chancellor to the pharaoh and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. He is considered to be the first engineer, a...
 
    Pharaoh Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops, Giza
  Pharaoh Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops, Giza
Khufu (in Greek known as Cheops) was a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom. He reigned from around 2589 to 2566 B.C. Khufu was the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty. He is generally accepted as being the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza, on...
 
    Gilgamesh, Sumerian King
  Gilgamesh, Sumerian King
Gilgamesh was the fifth king of Uruk, modern day Iraq (Early Dynastic II, first dynasty of Uruk), placing his reign ca. 2500 BC. According to the Sumerian King List he reigned for 126 years. In the Tummal Inscription, Gilgamesh, and his son Urlugal,...
 
    Sargon of Akkad, Akkadian Emperor
  Sargon of Akkad, Akkadian Emperor
Sargon of Akkad, also known as Sargon the Great "the Great King" was a Semitic Akkadian emperor famous for his conquest of the Sumerian city-states in the 23rd and 22nd centuries BC. The founder of the Dynasty of Akkad, Sargon reigned during the last...
 
    Enheduanna, Sumerian Poet/Priestess
  Enheduanna, Sumerian Poet/Priestess
Enheduanna was a Sumerian/Akkadian high priestess of the moon god Nanna in Ur, who came to honor Inanna above all the other gods of the Sumerian pantheon. A single tablet records her as the "daughter of Sargon of Akkad" a relationship that has been t...
 
    Da Yu the Great, First Xia Monarch
  Da Yu the Great, First Xia Monarch
King Yu of Xia of China, born Si Wen Ming, often called Da Yu ("Yu the Great"). Yu was the legendary first Chinese monarch of the Xia Dynasty, considered the founder of the dynasty. Occasionally identified as one of The Three August Ones and the Five...
 
    Mentuhotep II, 1st Ruler Middle Kingdom
  Mentuhotep II, 1st Ruler Middle Kingdom
Mentuhotep II, First Ruler of the Middle Kingdom. His throne name was most certainly Neb-hetep-re, meaning "Pleased is the Lord Re", though we also find it spelled Nebhepetra. But this is not his common, or birth name, and here we run into problems....
 
    Senusret III, Pharaoh 12th Dynasty
  Senusret III, Pharaoh 12th Dynasty
Khakhaure Senusret III was a pharaoh of Egypt. He ruled from 1878 BC to 1839 BC, and was the fifth monarch of the Twelfth Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom. Among his achievements was the building of the Canal of the Pharaohs. He was a great pharaoh of t...
 
    Cheng Yang, Chinese Emperor
  Cheng Yang, Chinese Emperor
Cheng Yang of the Shang, Chinese Emperor, said to have reigned BC 1766. The Shang Dynasty or Yin Dynasty (1600 BC-1046 BC) is the first confirmed historic Chinese dynasty and ruled in the northeastern region of China proper. The Shang dynasty followe...
 
    Hatshepsut, Foremost of Noble Ladies
  Hatshepsut, Foremost of Noble Ladies
Hatshepsut, meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies, was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous E...
 
 

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