Ancient History/Biographical Dictionary
WIthin this biographical dictionary, persons are listed in alphabetical order, followed by a link to the relevant Wikipedia page, followed by their nationality and profession. Each entry concludes with a one or two line summary of their contributions.
Cleopatra-Was one of the riches women in ancient Egypt.
Sima Qian (wp) c. 140- c.90 b.c., under the reign of the Han emperor Wudi. Sima Qian is the most influential and recognizable historians in all of Chinese history, if not the world. He composed a 130-chapter, 500,000+ character history of China up until the time at which he lived. During the beginning of his history, to which he devoted most of his life, he happened to offend the Emperor Wudi by defending a general who had displeased him. For this offence, he was castrated, a punishment which was typically followed up by the sufferer's willing suicide. But Sima Qian decided that the completion of his history, for the betterment of China, was more important than his own life, even if he had to live in shame. When it was finished, it was known as "The Records of the Grand Historian," for the position he held in the Han court.