Who was by antiquity's standards the most outstanding human being during the adult life of Jesus Christ? In retrospective, Jesus is the most influential human being in history, but during his own lifetime, he was the founder of a relatively small religious group. Men of science probably weren't as unanimously revered as now days, and it wasn't a time of great discoveries either way. So it was most likely a ruler/military leader.

Let's say between the deaths of brave millitary leader Arminius&Germanicus(19-21AD for the former) and the rise of Emperor Guangwu of Han(ascended to the throne in 25AD so probably a few years till he gained respect of his poeple).

-The Roman Emperor was Tiberius, and while he was successful as a general, he was rated as a poor Emperor after the death of his son.

-there are 2 contemporary Chinese emperors during this time(so not enough to fill the gap) and the latter was an incompetent ruler

Sejanus was arguably the most influential man in the Roman Empire for a while, but he was as unsavory as Tiberius

-The Parthian king Artabanus was a cruel king and there's hardly anything outstanding about him.

-In India, the Kushan king was relatively average.

So all the usual suspects are essentially cut out. The best I could find was the Dacian ruler, Comosicus .

Jordanes refers to Burebista as king of Dacia, but then goes on to discuss a high priest called Dicineus who taught the Dacians astronomy and whose wisdom was revered. He then says that "after the death of Dicienus, they held Comosicus in almost equal honour, because he was not inferior in knowledge. By reason of his wisdom he was accounted their priest and king, and he judged the people with the greatest uprightness." Sounds like the most intelligent monarch of his age.

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So what do you all think? Was Comosicus the most outstanding person in the World during Jesus' adult life? Is there any historical figure with a more plausible resume?

Source: reddit post


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