Down through the ages exceptional elite leaders have been referred to with the suffix, the great. Cyrus the Great of Persia, Alexander the Great of Macedonia, and perhaps Alaric the Great of the Visigoths who sacked Rome or Peter the Great of Russia.
Who was the first woman ruler to be referred too as "the Great"?
- Kathrine the Great Ruler of Russia (1762 – 1796)
Perhaps Hatshepsut of Egypt 1478-1458 B.C. (18th Dynasty) might fit the bill, she is regarded as one of the most successful rulers of Egypt, with a reign lasting for at least twenty years. She expanded trade and undertook ambitious building projects. But I don't see her referred to as "Hatshepsut the Great" in literature.