A list of famous ancient pirates throughout early pirate history, with lots of pictures and images. These were the first pirates. The most famous ancient pirate is probably Glauketas, but when it comes to ancient piracy there are plenty of other real ancient pirates. Pirate history is as old as boats themselves, and this list has the oldest of them all. Pirates have long been the scourge of merchants, even in ancient Rome, Greece, and China. Many of them can be found on this list of the first pirates from ancient pirate history.