Name: Akiva
Born: 50
Died: 138
Lived In: Palestine
Biography: A Palestinian Tanna, he was unquestionably the most talented, original and influential man of his generation. Little is known of his early life, but many legends have emerged. He studied under Nachum of Gimzo, whose influence on Akiva was considerable. He organized a school in B'nai Berak. Ishmael ben Elisha was his most vigorous opponent. He was martyred by the Romans.