People who rose from very humble beginnings.

Aug 2016
844
USA
#1
Chingghis-Khan experienced life as a tribal outcast, and briefly as a slave. Yet he died as an emperor.

Name some historical characters who rose from very humble beginnings to a station far higher than anyone would expect.
 
#3
Lawrence of Arabia was a humble officer of no great reputation who eventually led the Arabs to defeat the Ottoman Turks and liberated Arabia which directly effects today's world as we know it no less.

Tamerlane is quite similar to Ghengis, he was never a slave but he went from the son of a mere tribal chief to the Timurid Empire which was the most fearsome army of its time.

Hernan Cortez was an officer of a few hundred Spanish men who basically became the Viceroy of South America.

These men weren't slaves but they achieved way above their station, they were not Princes, Dukes or Kings.

There are a good few other examples but its difficult to match the scale of Ghengis's lows then highs, however ........... even as an outcast we must remember that Ghengis was only afforded respect because he was the son of a deceased chieftain and so was afforded hospitality by his allies and friends.
 
Mar 2019
289
Kansas
#7
William Herschel's widely regarded the greatest visual astronomer of all time started life as a humble music teacher

Adolph Hitler, failed artist and son of a customs official rose to lead Germany, and consequentially responsible for the death of between 50 and 80 million people.

James Cook, possibly the greatest explorer of the age of sail began as an apprentice hat maker.
 
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Mar 2016
749
Australia
#8
Lawrence of Arabia was a humble officer of no great reputation who eventually led the Arabs to defeat the Ottoman Turks and liberated Arabia which directly effects today's world as we know it no less
The Arabs didn't defeat the Ottoman Turks - at worst they were a thorn in their side, in a theatre which was of the lowest priority. They blew up some trains and captured a few outposts, but that's all. The Ottomans were truly defeated by the British Empire, especially its ANZAC and Indian troops. All of the major fighting took place in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Levant, not Arabia.
 
Mar 2019
53
Victoria, Australia
#10
Diocletian was from a family of poor standing (maybe freed slaves). Rose to become one of the best roman emperors of his era (III and IV century). Plus he's one the only (i think -- dont quote me on that) emperors of the Roman Empire to abdicate voluntarily.
 
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