Famous Eunuchs

For much of history eunuchs have faced terrible prejudice, but try to guess some of these most famous examples of eunuchs, many of which achieved great things, proving that eunuchs can sometimes have more balls than anyone!
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Last updated: February 4, 2019
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Very powerful eunuch who effectively ruled the Byzantine Empire alongside Empress Irene, may have ambitions to become emperor himself
Staurakios
Castrato singer, the only one ever to making solo recordings
Alessandro Moreschi
Eunuch who was effective ruler of the kingdom of Egypt near its end, ordered the execution of Pompey, and turned pharaoh Ptolemy against Cleopatra
Pothinus
Eunuch who Emperor Nero made into his official wife and empress, since he is meant to have strongly resembled his wife Poppaea, whom Nero missed dearly after she died from Nero kicking her to death while she was pregnant
Sporus
Spanish eunuch who was a slave to the Moroccan sultan, became a military commander, and helped conquer the Songhai Empire
Judar Pasha
Ming dynasty eunuch considered to be the most powerful and notorious eunuch in Chinese history
Wei Zhongxian
Eunuchs who were close allies of the Dowager Empress Cixi
An Dehai
Li Lianying
One of the wealthiest people in history, very corrupt Ming dynasty eunuch who owned 10,000 tonnes of silver, and was butchered with 'death by a thousand cuts'
Liu Jin
The last surviving imperial eunuch in Chinese history
Sun Yaoting
Eunuch who became a powerful Byzantine general in the service of Emperor Justinian
Narses
Han dynasty eunuch who is considered by some to have invented paper, or at least popularised the process of making paper
Cai Lun
Eunuch seen as a 'church father' and one of the most influential theologians in history
Origen
French scholar best known for his love affair with the nun Héloïse
Peter Abelard
Ming dynasty eunuch who was an explorer, diplomat, and became commander of Nanjing, and admiral of a fleet of over 300 ships, some of them possibly being the largest wooden ships ever made
Admiral Zheng He
Influential Tang dynasty eunuch during the reign of Wu Zetian and Emperor Xuanzong
Gao Lishi
A Viking warrior whose remains were found in an English churchyard, with signs he was a eunuch, and replaced what he'd lost with a boar's tusk
Repton Warrior
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