and people of importance for the shaping of modern humanism :


Daniel, 1 year old, in Acropolis with meHitchhiking with my son, Daniel, to see Acropolis - built by Pericles - his 2nd cousin 82 times removed . Since then he has on his own hitchhiked all the way from Denmark to China to see the Great Wall which his 79th great-grandfather caused to be built.
Note: None of these relationships carry any genetic significance since we almost all descend from these famous people as I show here.

But as a genealogist it is tremendous fun to see if you can actually find your way back to them through credible historical records and to find actual pictures of our forefathers from 2-3000 years back. Have fun! With love Jacob Holdt


Name Birth Relationship with Daniel and Lalou
Abgar Oukhama, corresponded with Jesus 25 BC 59th great-grandfather
Alexander the Great, saved Christianity 323 years before Christ! 356 BC 72nd great-grandfather
Ali ben Abu Talib, founder of Shiite Islam 598 45th great-grandfather
Alkibiades, friend and pupil of Socrates and Plato 450 BC 3rd cousin 82 times removed
Amenemhat I, oldest pharaoh and family member we have a picture of 2000 BC 130th great-grandfather
Antonius Felix, whom St. Paul preached to for two years 20 Husband of 3rd cousin 62 times removed
Anthiochus IV, the reason the Jews celebrate Chanukah 215 BC 67th great-grandfather
Ashoka, most amazing king ever... pacifist, feminist etc !! 250 BC 68th great-grandfather
Cleisthenes, invented world's first democracy 565 BC 83rd great-granduncle
Cymbeline, immortalized by Shakespeare 20 BC 62nd great-grandfather
Cyrus the Great, freed the Jews in Babylon, rebuilt the temple 582 BC 81st great-grandfather
Deuman, caused China to build the Great Wall 245 BC 79th great-grandfather
Esther, vividly described in  Esther's Book in the Old Testament 480 BC 78th great-grandmother
Flavius Josephus, important Jewish-Roman historian 37 3rd cousin 66 times removed
Gregor the Illuminator, brought Christianity to Armenia 257 51st great-grandfather
Gregory of Tours, important Frank historian 545 2nd cousin 40 times removed
Herod I Agrippa, beheaded St. James, imprisoned St. Peter 10 2nd cousin 63 times removed
Herod II Agrippa, saved Christianity by not killing St. Paul 27 3rd cousin 62 times removed
Herod Antipas, spoke to Jesus, then made Pilate kill him 4 BC 63rd great-granduncle
Herodias + Salome, brought John the Baptist's head on a platter   2nd cousin 61 times removed
Isaiah, most remarkable prophet and greatest writer in the Bible 790 BC 1st cousin 89 times removed
Jeremiah, father of Judaism, teaching Hebrews to become Jews 620 BC 87th great-granduncle
Jesus Christ, a bit trite, yes, but why not use the genealogy in Luke? 5 BC 8th cousin 67 times removed
Judas Maccabaeus, liberated the temple, reason for Chanukah feast 190 BC 69th great-granduncle
Julius Agrippa, beheaded St. James and imprisoned St. Peter 10 2nd cousin 63 times removed
Julius Caesar, greatest statesman, made our Julian calendar 101 BC 66th great-granduncle
King Arthur, the (legendary) king of the round table 480 6th cousin 49 times removed
Macbeth, immortalized by Shakespeare 1005 32nd great-granduncle
Karl Martel, stopped the spread of Islam in Europe by the sword 676 34rth great-grandfather
Miltiades, gave name to marathon running 554 BC 89th great-grandfather
Moses, formidable lawmaker and father of 3 major religions 1200 BC 108th great-granduncle
Muhammad, the founder of Islam 570 43rd great-grandfather
Nebuchadnezzar II, saved the Jews from themselves.... 
....and founded Judaism, believe it or not !
620 BC 80th great-grandfather
Nero, killed St. Peter, St. Paul and our 62nd great-grandmother 37 61st great-granduncle
Pericles, greatest Athenian statesman  495 BC 2nd cousin 83 times removed
Pope of Rome, Gregor V, mutilated anti-pope John 930 28th great-granduncle
Pope of Rome, Stephen X, a pope for great-grandfather! 990 32nd great-grandfather
34 other popes and saints, canonized in our family    
Ptolomy I Soter, founded the world's greatest library 336 BC 72nd great-grandfather
Pyrrhus, won himself a "pyrrhic victory" in Western languages 318 BC 73rd great-grandfather
Tiglath-pileser III, conquered Babylon 745 BC 85th great-grandfather
Thucydides, Greek historian of Pelopponesian war 450 BC 1st cousin 80 times removed
Sanatruk, killed one of Jesus' disciples 15 AD 1st cousin 60 times removed

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