By Steve Otto
We continue on with a third look
at National Geographic article called "The Most INFLUENTIAL FIGURES of Ancient
History." Today I look at the leaders who ran the
They were, at times progressive, as when Julius expanded the elections of legislators. According to Wikipedia:
So he was a reformer. However some of
"He centralized the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed "dictator for life" (Latin: dictator perpetuo). His populist and authoritarian reforms angered the elites, who began to conspire against him."
Another important emperor that National Geographic cheers on is Constantine, who
reigned in the third century AD. He is, of course a favorite of Western
historian because he brought Christianity to the
According to the
They granted to the Christians full authority to observe their religion. For a long time after that, both the old religion and Christianity were tolerated. Not until later did the Roman emperors declare the Edict of Thessalonica That made Christianity the official state religion. After that all other religions were outlawed.
Jesus Christ is also
mentioned in the National Geographic
issued. He preached a message of forgiveness, love, and renewal. And that
message is in stark contrast to the war and violence
That issue of National Geographic does mention Pericles, (Περικλῆς) from
461 to 429BC, who promoted democracy in
So of all of National Geographic’s influential people, the only one I admire all that much is Pericles.
 Julius Caesar, "The Most Influential Figures of Ancient History," National Geographic, on display until April 30, 2021, ISSN 2160-7141, p. 96.
 Augustus Caesar, "The Most Influential Figures of Ancient History," p. 100.
 Christianity, "The Most Influential Figures of Ancient History," p. 110.
 Pericles, "The Most Influential Figures of Ancient History," p. 78.
 Plato, "The Most Influential Figures of Ancient History," p. 84.