If you're saying this in response to the Jesus Christ answers, Jesus Christ is an actual historical person that existed, now any divine traits religion has attached to him? that's a different topic entirely.
Edit: I feel like we should limit it to people we factually know existed.
My answer is Hitler as well tho.
as louis ck mentioned in his special recently - i mean what year is it? 2017 since jesus.
Everyone who knows about Julius Caesar would know about Alexander the Great as well. And there will be people in Central Asia who would know about Alexander without ever hearing about Julius Caesar.
It's gotta be Julius Caesar right?
There's no real proof that Moses was a real person (more towards the opposite really), so I don't think he counts. The others were mystified after their deaths, but at least their existence is pretty well established.
And Moses is in the Torah, Bible and Quaran so the answer is Moses.
I think Muhammad Ali has it for current day.
It's probably a religious leader like Jesus or Moses.
If you want to think about someone from the last 50 years. I can see it being Obama or Trump. Being the US president when the world population is 7 billion people might mean that the most people ever recognize you.
That's a weird way to look at fame...
Jesus and Mohammed happened because of things Ceasar did.
There are more Christians than Muslims so that's an odd argument to make.
Only because he is the the Quran. Otherwise it's be Muhammad by a landslide.
I'm not a historical scholar, but it seems like most aspects of Jesus' life is in doubt other than a few basic things. This is putting aside the miraculous events.
I believe there are a lot of evidence pointing that Jesus existed. If he did all those miracles, well, that's another story.
So while historical Jesus most likely existed, his depiction is almost that of a fictions character. I suppose you could say the same thing about any religious or supernatural figure wherein the details are fuzzy but what is commonly represented are the potentially fabricated moments, miracles, etc. And I say potentially not to specifically doubt these things but to say that there is a separation between known fact and faith based belief - with some distant historical figures it's hard enough to nail down the facts, with important religioua figures it's exponentially more difficult.
That would put Kobe at least in the same breath, right? He's hugely popular in China. Don't know about other places like Africa or in the Middle East.
i was thinkg too of michael jordan over ali
Jordan's brand is bigger, but I don't THINK he was as big in China as Kobe was during his day.
Pele and Maradona are praised as gods in Brazil and Argentina, you'd have an easier time finding someone who knows about Messi or Cristiano Rolando today than any NBA player.
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My initial thought after Jesus and Adolf Hitler was Genghis Khan. Now I know the areas that his empire covered may not all have been densely populated, but the sheer size of it had to come with some serious recognition. I'd be curious to see how he stacked up to Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great and such due to the drastic differences in the population densities.
The word is historian.
I'm not a historical scholar
This is true for the overwhelming majority of people in the historical record.
but it seems like most aspects of Jesus' life is in doubt other than a few basic things.
I mean this is to some degree true for the majority of people we know well from before the early-modern period. Jesus moreso than many, but it's a question of degree not kind.
So while historical Jesus most likely existed, his depiction is almost that of a fictions character..
You'll find that distinction is incredibly fuzzy until the 16th century or so.
And I say potentially not to specifically doubt these things but to say that there is a separation between known fact and faith based belief - with some distant historical figures it's hard enough to nail down the facts, with important religioua figures it's exponentially more difficult.
But my point isn't specifically to say any one of these people didn't exist, but rather can they count if so little is actually known versus the widespread belief of events based on believers of their respective faiths?
Maybe it shouldn't matter at all. I don't know. Thoughts?