Catherine the great was reportedly tone deaf and had to receive a signal to applaud at operas concerts and ballets catherine faced over a dozen uprisings during her rule catherine bestowed gifts including land and titles to her former lovers one received more than a thousand indentured servants. Catherine ii russian yekaterina alekseyevna 2 may os 21 april 1729 17 november os 6 november 1796 also known as catherine the great yekaterina velikaya born princess sophie of anhalt zerbst was empress of russia from 1762 until 1796 the country . 1 catherine the greats name wasnt catherine and she wasnt even russian the woman whom history would remember as catherine the great russias longest ruling female leader was . Catherine ii also known as catherine the great was an empress of russia who ruled from 1762 1796 the longest reign of any female russian leader. Catherine ii often called catherine the great became empress consort of russia when her husband peter iii ascended to the throne following the death of his aunt elizabeth of russia on
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