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Who are your favorite historical figures?


Rogue Magnaguard
Yeah, Im interested who you guys like, and don't like
For me, It like Nikola Tesla and Ghandi.
Though, I dislike Thomas Edison. I think we can all agree he was a jerk.
There are many that I love, mostly Philosophers (ESPECIALLY Nietzsche) and while I would usually say Nietzsche is my favourite, well... Let's just say I recently found someone I love more, historically not Philosophically, because his story is... IMMENSE.

Okay, so - this gentleman is a Philosopher from the 1600's-1700's in Tudor/Stewart England. Why do I say both, when they're such long periods of English History? Because the guy lived until he was freaking 91! Now, in an age where being 40-15 was considered OLD imagine what it must have been like living to your 90s! Oh wait, but there's more! Not only did he live for 91 years, he also lived through: The Reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell's Regime AND the Restoration of the English Monarchy through Charles II! That's 4 Monarchs, a Civil War and a Republic!

Oh... But there is even more! Because did I fail to mention that this man was also the Maths Tutor for Charles II? Or that he met GALILEO and RENES DESCARTES (Cogito Ergo Sum)?! Ontop of this he spent several years in exile in Europe (to avoid the Civil War, as he was a Royalist... and times weren't good for them), prior to this he explored large parts of Europe anyway (Which was rare during this era), was a Philosopher who, while Parliament at the time wanted to eradicate his work and imprison him for atheistic views, had the support of the King who refused to have him investigated? Imagine That! He also wrote a book about the Leviathan (which has some interesting points) and despite living as long as he did he had no wife, outlived his friends/family and must've had a very lonely lifestyle (which likely was why he lived so long!) - let's look at it this way, he was born many years before Descartes and died many years after his death... Oh, and said book ^ is a large basis for modern westernised philosophy...

... So yeah, if you didn't know of Thomas Hobbes before reading this, I really suggest you look into his story. It's amazing and completely 100% true/valid.

Oh, and he looked like this:


So if you ever feel like you've got it rough, just imagine living to 91 without a family/friends, so isolated that you avoided things such as mass-plague and death during the Civil War.

I hope you read/enjoyed this ^-^

- Libby

Double post, sorry, but the guy I mentioned him meeting up there ^ (Renes Descartes) wrote half of the quote within your signature. Cogito Ergo Sum - I think therefore I am. Just a little bit of Philosophical trivia for you.
Hannibal Barca, Leader of Carthage, and head general during the second Punic war. Singlehandedly without reinforcements kicked Rome's ass for eighteen years and killed three hundred thousand in battle.
I’ve always had a fascination for Augustus Caesar, first Emperor of Rome. Likewise, I am greatly fascinated by Tamerlane (or Timur), though he was far less morally commendable.

Others I’m interested in are various artists, scientists and other historical figures.

Having a degree in history, it’s always been my greatest interest.

Jaxton Ravos

Mindwalker of the Outer Rim
I like Tycho Brahe because he lost his nose in a duel and then proceeded to wear metal ones around. Apparently he'd wear like bronze or copper normally and then wear gold ones for special occasions.

Other then that, well, there's a ton of interesting guys, but I'm not the history buff I was in highschool so I'll miss somebody. Nikola Tesla, as mentioned, was a very, very intriguing individual, and actually got addicted to electrifying himself, believing it would give him increased knowledge or health benefits or something like that. A lot of the earlier conquerors, like say Alexander the Great and some of the Huns are interesting due to the myriad of differences they had in their beliefs and methods on leaderships as compared to common thought. Altair Ibn-La'Ahad lead a pretty interesting life with some nice twists. Vlad the Impaler, well, impaled. Henry the VIII'th lead a . . . notable lifestyle. A lot of artists have intriguing thought processes and the renaissance mans were pretty cool merely because of all the information they could process. There are just tons of fascinating people out there to study.

Jekk Reth

Defensive Specialist
There are several historical figures who I adore(not including sports legends, mind you), but it'd probably be a three-way tie between: Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Humphrey Bogart. Now, I know these were actors/entertainers, and not exactly the great philosophical minds or ravishing war heroes you'd expect, but there's a very good reason why I chose them specifically.

All three of these men were absolute legends in their chosen fields - Kelly and Astaire considered to be amongst the most prolific dancers of all time - and paved the way for generations of actors after them. Their impact on cinema itself is insurmountable, immeasurable, and endless.

In my humble opinion, there will never, ever be another dancer like Astaire, whose graceful, ethereal, and elegant moves inspired greats such as Michael Jackson.

Gene Kelly was revered for his strong, earthly, and almost virile technique - almost in complete contrast to Fred's dainty maneuvers. In fact, in an interview towards the latter part of his life, Kelly amusingly remarked how Astaire represented the 'aristocrat,' while he stood for the 'proletariat.' He is, of course, best known for his lead role in Singin' In The Rain.'

And Bogart, well... He was Bogart. 'Nuff said.

I'd post pictures/videos of them, but, frankly, I'm far too lazy to do so. :D
Being more of a bookworm, I've always enjoyed people like Niccolo Machiavelli and Mark Twain. They both have their own unique style of writing that not many can match. Second, everyone has their favorite warriors of the past. Lenonidas, Alexander the great and Genghis Kahn top my list.
George C. Marshall, the epitome of a leader figure and the creator of peace.

He began his life as an above-average student, graduating high school in a little town in Pennsylvania. Because of harrowing remarks from his family, he attended the Virginia Military Institute to prove to them that he was capable of doing things on his own. His first year, he became the First Corporal, the highest ranking freshman cadet. His successes ranged up until graduation when he was the highest ranking cadet in the entire school. Following graduation, he was shipped to the Philippines as a Second Lieutenant and served as a Platoon and Company commander during several guerrilla uprisings and helped maintain the security of the nation. This is where he kicked off his modern combat doctrines, training his subordinates to adapt to an ever-changing environment and succeed.

During WWI, he assumed the role of a staff planner for training and operations. He was appointed to the AEF command to serve under General Pershing, his mentor, and became an instrumental figure in the Meuse-Argonnes offensive. He became Pershing's top aide shortly later and served under him for numerous years, focusing on training and teaching modern warfare to junior officers. He was sent to China for 3 years to command the 15th InfReg and taught at the Army War College. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he was appointed assistant commander of Fort Benning and helped shape the future of the United States Infantry by introducing the doctrines of a changing environment and mechanized combat. Marshall was later promoted to Brigadier General and served duteously until Sep. 1, 1939 when he was promoted to General and sworn in as the Army Chief of Staff.

Across the years, Marshall has became the leader-figure that all people look up to. He served as Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and was the US Army's first General of the Army. On top of these achievements, he wrote and organized the Marshall Plan, quite possibly the best foreign aid program ever enacted by the US Government to assist European countries against the threat of communism. For these efforts, he became the first professional soldier to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his devotion to his country, subordinates, and humanity.

So I'll halt with my ranting at that point so I don't bore you all to death. General George C. Marshall has just had a huge impact on my life. Ever since I started US Army JROTC last year as a freshman and read the biography written on him Soldier. Statesman. Peacemaker. that I have just striven so that one day I would be able to make amazing changes like he has. In my opinion, he's one of the biggest figures in history in regards to leadership and politics.

Noah Corek

Cocked, Locked and a Smoking Barrel
Factory Judge
General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George S. Patton. Two men who masterminded both the African campaign and the European theater and brought the Nazi war machine to its knees and then destroyed Hitler's 1000 year Reich,which only lasted 12 years I might add, and then one of them went on to be a president.

Breya and Ruki Scali

Well, I'm not going to be writing a paper or anything, but...
George Washington
Benjamin Franklin
Blackbeard - aka Edward Teach (even though he was a pirate, he's still interesting)
The crew of the Whydah
Niccolo Machiavelli (I swear, one of these days I'm going to type "Niccolo Machiavellum")
Mark Twain
Genghis Khan
Joan of Arc - aka. The Maid of Orleans, Jeanne d'Arc
Rosa Parks
Alexander the Great
Noah Corek said:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George S. Patton. Two men who masterminded both the African campaign and the European theater and brought the Nazi war machine to its knees and then destroyed Hitler's 1000 year Reich,which only lasted 12 years I might add, and then one of them went on to be a president.
Historically speaking, you could argue that the Soviet Army had more of a definitive impact on the end of the Third Reich than any of the Allies on the Western Front.

Personally though, I like Stalin, if only because he orchestrated a number of interesting plots in World War II to hurry about the end of it - such as pitting his Marshals against each other by turning the whole idea of ending Nazi Germany into a contest, as well as by invading Manchuria and putting tons of pressure on the Japanese. Of course, there are plenty of historians who would argue that it was the fear of Soviet invasion rather than the atomic bombs that ultimately lead to the Japanese surrender.

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