INTERMISSION: Lineal Champions for the past 5500 years

Here is a list of the most historically significant person alive from 3500 BC through AD 2000. Using the Pantheon.World rankings (check out their site for methodology), I ranked the “most significant” people alive at any given time and created a timeline where the championship belt, as it were, was passed from one historical figure to another. “Most significant” does not necessarily mean “best”, but rather most impactful – either during their lifetime, after their death, or both. See below the Champions of Light and the Champions of Dark.

Interestingly, since the 8th Century BCE when the Arts and Philosophy began to take off, there have been exactly 53 Champions of Expression (Art/Philosophy/Science) and 53 Champions of Institution (Military/Politics/Religion). The balance between Light and Dark persists.

PDF: Pantheon Lineal Champions

Person Occupation Birth Death Birthplace
Khayu Politician -3500 Egypt
Tiu Politician -3500 Egypt
Neheb Politician -3500 Egypt
Wazner Politician -3500 Egypt
Mekh Politician -3500 Egypt
Ötzi Celebrity -3345 -3300 Italy
Scorpion I Politician -3200 Egypt
Scorpion II Politician -3200 Egypt
Crocodile Politician -3200 Egypt
Double Falcon Politician -3200 Egypt
Iry-Hor Politician -3200 Egypt
Menes Politician -3200 -3100 Egypt
Narmer Politician -3150 -3100 Egypt
Hor-Aha Politician -3100 -3050 Egypt
Neithhotep Companion -3100 Egypt
Djer Politician -3050 -3000 Egypt
Djet Politician -3000 -2980 Egypt
Merneith Politician -3000 -2950 Egypt
Den Politician -3000 -2930 Egypt
Anedjib Politician -2950 -2920 Egypt
Semerkhet Politician -2950 -2910 Egypt
Qa’a Politician -2950 -2880 Egypt
Fuxi Politician -2900 China
Hotepsekhemwy Politician -2900 -2850 Egypt
Nebra Politician -2850 -2800 Egypt
Nynetjer Politician -2800 -2750 Egypt
Senedj Politician -2800 -2750 Egypt
Khasekhemwy Politician -2750 -2686 Egypt
Djoser Politician -2700 -2650 Egypt
Imhotep Architect -2700 -2650 Egypt
Sanakht Politician -2675 -2630 Egypt
Huni Politician -2650 -2600 Egypt
Yellow Emporer Politician -2700 -2600 China
Sneferu Politician -2650 -2580 Egypt
Khufu Politician -2625 -2570 Egypt
Djedefre Politician -2600 -2560 Egypt
Khafra Politician -2575 -2530 Egypt
Menkaure Politician -2550 -2510 Egypt
Shepseskaf Politician -2550 -2499 Egypt
Gilgamesh Politician -2500 Iraq
Userkaf Politician -2525 -2475 Egypt
Sahure Politician -2500 -2450 Egypt
Neferirkare Kakai Nobleman -2483 -2425 Egypt
Nyuserre Ini Politician -2450 -2400 Egypt
Djedkare Isesi Politician -2425 -2350 Egypt
Unas Politician -2375 -2315 Egypt
Teti Politician -2350 -2290 Egypt
Emperor Yao Politician -2350 -2250 China
Lugal-zage-si Politician -2325 -2270 Iraq
Sargon of Akkad Politician -2350 -2270 Iraq
Naram-Sin of Akkad Politician -2275 -2218 Iraq
Pepi II Neferkare Politician -2284 -2200 Egypt
Dudu of Akkad Politician -2225 -2169 Iraq
Gudea Politician -2200 -2125 Iraq
Utu-hengal Politician -2175 -2125 Iraq
Ur-Nammu Politician -2150 -2094 Iraq
Shulgi Politician -2125 -2046 Iraq
Yu the Great Politician -2123 -2025 China
Qi of Xia Politician -2050 -2017 China
Mentuhotep II Politician -2075 -2010 Egypt
Mentuhotep III Politician -2050 -1998 Egypt
Amenemhat I Politician -2025 -1962 Egypt
Senusret I Politician -2000 -1919 Egypt
Senusret II Politician -1950 -1878 Egypt
Senusret III Politician -1925 -1838 Egypt
Amenemhat III Politician -1875 -1814 Egypt
Abraham Religious Figure -1900 -1800 Iraq
Hammurabi Politician -1825 -1750 Iraq
Samsu-iluna Politician -1792 -1712 Iraq
Jie of Xia Politician -1728 -1675 China
Tang of Shang Politician -1700 -1646 China
Tai Jia Politician -1675 -1611 China
Tai Geng Politician -1625 -1567 China
Yong Ji Politician -1600 -1538 China
Labarna I Politician -1600 -1525 Turkey
Mursili I Politician -1575 -1525 Turkey
Ahmose I Politician -1575 -1525 Egypt
Thutmose I Politician -1550 -1493 Egypt
Hatshepsut Politician -1525 -1458 Egypt
Thutmose III Politician -1481 -1425 Egypt
Amenhotep II Politician -1450 -1397 Egypt
Amenhotep III Politician -1403 -1350 Egypt
Akhenaten Politician -1375 -1336 Egypt
Nefertiti Companion -1370 -1330 Egypt
Tutankhamun Politician -1342 -1325 Egypt
Horemheb Politician -1350 -1292 Egypt
Moses Religious Figure -1350 -1275 Egypt
Seti I Politician -1323 -1279 Egypt
Ramesses II Nobleman -1303 -1213 Egypt
Merneptah Politician -1225 -1203 Egypt
Ramesses III Nobleman -1217 -1155 Egypt
Zoroaster Religious Figure -1200 -1100 Afghanistan
Nebuchadnezzar I Politician -1150 -1104 Iraq
Tiglath-Pileser I Politician -1150 -1076 Iraq
King Wu of Zhou Politician -1100 -1043 China
Saul Religious Figure -1079 -1010 Palestine
David Politician -1025 -970 Palestine
Solomon Religious Figure -1011 -931 Israel
Adad-nirari II Politician -950 -891 Iraq
Ashurnasirpal II Politician -925 -859 Iraq
Shalmaneser III Politician -900 -824 Iraq
Dido Politician -839 -759 Tunisia
Tiglath-Pileser III Politician -775 -727 Iraq
Homer Writer -800 -700 Turkey
Hesiod Writer -800 -700 Turkey
Numa Pompilius Politician -753 -673 Italy
Emperor Jimmu Politician -700 -585 Japan
Thales of Miletus Philosopher -623 -546 Turkey
Cyrus the Great Politician -600 -530 Iran
Pythagoras Philosopher -570 -495 Greece
Laozi Philosopher -575 -475 China
Confucius Philosopher -551 -479 China
Gautama Buddha Philosopher -566 -452 India
Herodotus Historian -484 -425 Turkey
Socrates Philosopher -470 -399 Greece
Plato Philosopher -427 -347 Greece
Aristotle Philosopher -384 -322 Greece
Alexander the Great Military -356 -323 Greece
Euclid Mathematician -350 -250 Egypt
Archimedes Mathematician -287 -212 Italy
Qin Shi Huang Politician -259 -210 China
Hannibal Politician -247 -183 Tunisia
Cato the Elder Writer -234 -149 Italy
Tiberius Gracchus Politician -163 -133 Italy
Gaius Marius Politician -157 -86 Italy
Spartacus Military -109 -71 Greece
Cicero Politician -106 -43 Italy
Julius Caesar Politician -100 -44 Italy
Augustus Politician -63 14 Italy
Mary, mother of Jesus Religious Figure -25 25 Israel
Jesus Religious Figure -4 33 Israel
Saint Peter Religious Figure -1 67 Israel
John the Apostle Religious Figure 6 100 Israel
Trajan Politician 53 117 Spain
Hadrian Politician 76 138 Spain
Ptolemy Astronomer 100 170 Egypt
Marcus Aurelius Politician 121 180 Italy
Galen Physician 129 200 Turkey
Liu Bei Politician 161 223 China
Zhuge Liang Engineer 181 234 China
Plotinus Philosopher 203 270 Egypt
Diocletian Politician 244 311 Croatia
Constantine the Great Politician 272 337 Serbia
Athanasius of Alexandria Philosopher 298 373 Egypt
Hypatia Mathematician 350 415 Egypt
Augustine of Hippo Philosopher 354 430 Algeria
Attila Politician 406 453 Hungary
Odoacer Politician 433 493 Hungary
Clovis I Politician 466 511 Belgium
Justinian I Politician 482 565 Macedonia
Pope Gregory I Religious Figure 540 604 Italy
Muhammad Religious Figure 570 632 Saudi Arabia
Umar Politician 585 644 Saudi Arabia
Ali Religious Figure 601 661 Saudi Arabia
Wu Zetian Politician 624 705 China
Charles Martel Military 688 741 Belgium
Pepin the Short Politician 715 768 Belgium
Charlemagne Politician 748 814 Spain
Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi Mathematician 780 850 Turkmenistan
Charles the Bald Politician 823 877 Germany
Alfred the Great Politician 848 899 United Kingdom
Harald Fairhair Politician 850 933 Norway
Al-Farabi Philosopher 872 951 Kazakhstan
Otto I Politician 912 973 Germany
Erik the Red Explorer 950 1003 Norway
Avicenna Philosopher 980 1037 Uzbekistan
Lady Godiva Social Activist 990 1076 United Kingdom
Omar Khayyam Mathematician 1048 1131 Iran
Hildegard of Bingen Religious Figure 1098 1179 Germany
Saladin Politician 1138 1193 Iraq
Genghis Khan Military 1162 1227 Mongolia
Rumi Writer 1207 1273 Afghanistan
Thomas Aquinas Philosopher 1225 1274 Italy
Marco Polo Explorer 1254 1324 Italy
Petrarch Writer 1304 1374 Italy
Timur Military 1336 1405 Uzbekistan
Jan Hus Social Activist 1369 1415 Czech Republic
Johannes Gutenberg Inventor 1394 1468 Germany
Vlad the Impaler Politician 1431 1476 Romania
Christopher Columbus Explorer 1451 1506 Italy
Leonardo da Vinci Inventor 1452 1519 Italy
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomer 1473 1543 Poland
Martin Luther Religious Figure 1483 1546 Germany
Michelangelo Painter 1475 1564 Italy
Elizabeth I of England Politician 1533 1603 United Kingdom
William Shakespeare Writer 1564 1616 United Kingdom
Galileo Galilei Astronomer 1564 1642 Italy
René Descartes Philosopher 1596 1650 France
Rembrandt Painter 1606 1669 Netherlands
Louis XIV of France Politician 1638 1715 France
Isaac Newton Physicist 1643 1726 United Kingdom
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer 1685 1750 Germany
Adam Smith Economist 1723 1790 United Kingdom
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer 1756 1791 Austria
Thomas Jefferson Politician 1743 1826 United States
Napoleon Politician 1769 1821 France
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer 1770 1827 Germany
Carl Friedrich Gauss Mathematician 1777 1855 Germany
Charles Darwin Biologist 1809 1882 United Kingdom
Karl Marx Economist 1818 1883 Germany
Thomas Edison Inventor 1847 1931 United States
Vladimir Lenin Politician 1870 1924 Russia
Albert Einstein Physicist 1879 1955 Germany
Adolf Hitler Politician 1889 1945 Austria
Mao Zedong Politician 1893 1976 China
Nelson Mandela Social Activist 1918 2013 South Africa
Stephen Hawking Physicist 1942 2018 United Kingdom