People Known as "The Great"

Difficulty level: hard. Can you name these people from history who are sometimes known as "The Great"?
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Last updated: December 18, 2017
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"Great" Person
Conquered Persia
323 BC
Alexander the Great
Greatest of Frankish kings
814
Charlemagne
(aka Charles the Great)
Russian tsar who founded a new capital
1725
Peter the Great
Empress of Russia
1796
Catherine the Great
King of Prussia for 46 years
1786
Frederick the Great
Often called the first king of England
899
Alfred the Great
First Christian Roman emperor
337
Constantine the Great
Ruled Denmark, England, and Norway
1035
Cnut the Great
King of Judea who appears in the Bible as a baby-killing tyrant
1 BC
Herod the Great
Founded the first Persian empire
530 BC
Cyrus the Great
Most powerful of Egyptian pharaohs, also known as Ozymandias
1213 BC
Ramesses the Great
United Russia under the leadership of Moscow
1505
Ivan the Great
United the Hawaiian islands
1819
Kamehameha the Great
Roman triumvir whose nickname, "the great", was originally ironic
48 BC
Pompey the Great
Presided over the rapid Westernization of Japan
1912
Meiji the Great
Extended the Mughal empire
1605
Akbar the Great
Byzantine emperor who reconquered Italy, built the Hagia Sophia,
and rewrote the law books
565
Justinian the Great
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Level 81
Dec 16, 2017
Maybe accept also Knut/Knud? Scandinavians use the K when spelling the name.
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Level 29
May 24, 2018
Maybe put the correct answer as Knud, because that was actually his name.
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Level 80
May 24, 2018
But his friends called him KG.
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Level 66
May 25, 2018
By that logic there should also be "Alexandros", "Pyiotr", "Kurush", "Horedos", "Ioustinianós", "Friedrich", and "Ælfrǣd". Using an English translation on an English language quiz isn't wrong.

And also, his name in Old Norse was Knútr, the Danish name is just as "wrong" as the English name.

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Level 24
Dec 16, 2020
not kurush its kurosh take it from me im iranian/persian
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Level 24
Dec 16, 2020
not kurush its kurosh take it from me im iranian/persian
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Level 74
Dec 16, 2017
A few years ago, i created a similar quiz: great rulers Try it, now that you have practiced!
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Level 77
Dec 17, 2017
I feel Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, has been given sort shrift in this quiz.
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Level 78
May 24, 2018
Muhammad Ali told us he was the greatest.
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Level 60
Dec 17, 2017
Please accept different spelling of Catharina, Katarina ?
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Level 80
Dec 18, 2017
...and Kamehameha, please!
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Level 78
May 24, 2018
Thank you, Magnum P.I. for that one. (The Kamehameha Club)
+1
Level 76
Jun 9, 2018
Or dragonball
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Level ∞
Dec 18, 2017
We do accept many spellings for both
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Level 48
Feb 5, 2018
Is it me, or does this remind anybody about epic rap battle of Ivan he terrible?
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Level 57
May 24, 2018
yeah just went through the characters; ivan, yes, alexander, yes, Frederick, yes, pompey, yes, Catherine, yes.
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Level 54
Feb 9, 2018
Why do we have to type "the great" every time? I had Ivan, Frederick etc. But these answers kept getting bounced. Since the title is about figures known as the great, isn't this redundant?
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Level 71
Feb 12, 2018
I missed Ivan, but Frederick alone without "the great" worked for me as a type-in.
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Level 71
Feb 12, 2018
Uh, totally missed Ivan. I didn't think of him at all because in French, I've only ever heard him referred to as Ivan the Terrible, which in my mind is kind of the opposite of "great". Oh well.
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Level 64
Mar 5, 2018
Different Ivan. There are a lot of Ivans.
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Level 58
May 24, 2018
And Vasilys
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Level 71
May 24, 2018
Ivan the Great was Ivan the Terrible's father.
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Level 57
Jan 9, 2021
Wrong. Ivan the Great was the Grandfather of Ivan the Terrible. Ivan the Terrible was the son of Vasily III.
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Level 81
May 24, 2018
What about Ashoka. And though I normally don't go for sports trivia, +1 for Gretzky and maybe also the Great Bambino, just to add a little variety. Or maybe Harry Houdini.
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Level 81
May 24, 2018
Or Mahatma Gandhi, from Sanskrit "maha" (great), but maybe that's a bit of a stretch.
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Level 74
May 24, 2018
"Akbar" means "great" in itself, so Akbar the Great is a funny name.
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Level 71
May 24, 2018
When your greatness is so great you have to emphasize it.
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Level 81
May 24, 2018
Like Optimus Prime or Ultra Magnus
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Level 65
May 24, 2018
Part of being remembered as "great" is, of course, doing great things. Then there's the overlooked part of having a name which the word "great" can be attached to. Brads, Jennifers, Matts, Vinnies, etc are starting out life behind the 8 ball when it comes to chances for monikered greatness in the annals of history.
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Level 82
May 24, 2018
Jennifer the Great, Empress of the Block
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Level 82
May 24, 2018
Brad the Great, also known as Pitt the Youngest
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Level 82
May 24, 2018
Matt the Great, also called Matt the White, Lord High Inquisitor (into the well-being of young ladies)
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Level ∞
Apr 11, 2021
Vinnie the Greatest used cars salesman in Schenectady, New York
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Level 82
May 24, 2018
Huh. I studied Japan for 8ish years and never once heard him referred to as "Meiji the Great." I'm not saying it's wrong, necessarily. Just feeling kinda weird about it.
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Level 84
Dec 20, 2018
I agree, never heard that. Where is it supposed to have come from?
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Level 47
May 24, 2018
king egbert for the win
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Level 84
May 24, 2018
Thank you Orville Wilbur Richard Wright for managing the club that bears his name.
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Level 80
May 24, 2018
Weird, all these people have the same middle name.
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Level 82
Jun 12, 2018
I really feel you should add Louis XIV to this list.
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Level 68
Feb 7, 2021
I really feel that you shouldn't, because he's not known by the epithet "the great."
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Level 80
Feb 5, 2020
I call my mother-in-law "the Grate". Would that count?
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Level 67
Mar 25, 2020
Got the 1st four and Ælfred the great
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Level 52
Nov 10, 2020
Can you accept Fredrick for Fredrick
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Level 45
Apr 18, 2021
Sargon the Great?