Emperor Wu of Han

Emperor Wu of Han

Han Dynasty Emperor
Born Aug 10, 156 BC

Emperor Wu of Han also known as Han Wudi That was one of his most well-known names. , personal name Liu Che(劉徹), was the seventh emperor of the Han Dynasty of China, ruling from 141 BC to 87 BC. Emperor Wu is particularly remembered for the vast territorial expansion which he accomplished during his reign, together with the strong and centralized Confucian state resulting from his governmental re-organization.… Read More

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156 BC Birth On the day of Liu Qi's accession to the throne as Emperor Jing of Han upon the death of his father Emperor Wen in 156 BC, Wang Zhi gave birth to Liu Che, and was promoted to a consort for giving birth to a royal prince. … Read More
153 BC 3 Years Old 1 More Event
Emperor Jing was ecstatic over the divine implication, and made the young Liu Che the Prince of Jiaodong (膠東王) in 153 BC. … Read More
151 BC 5 Years Old As Empress Bo had been deposed one year earlier in 151 BC, the position of empress was open and Emperor Jing made Consort Wang empress merely four months later. … Read More


141 BC 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In 141 BC, Emperor Jing died and Crown Prince Liu Che ascended to the throne as Emperor Wu at the age of 15. … Read More


135 BC 21 Years Old 2 More Events
In 135 BC, Grand Empress Dowager Dou died, removing the last obstacle against Emperor Wu's ambition for reform.
133 BC 23 Years Old He first ended the official policy of peace with the Battle of Mayi in 133 BC, which involved a failed plan to trick a force of 30,000 Xiongnu into an ambush of 300,000 Han soldiers. … Read More
129 BC 27 Years Old …  Zhang was immediately captured by Xiongnu once he ventured into the desert, but was able to escape around 129 BC and eventually made it to Yuezhi, which by then had relocated to Samarkand. … Read More


126 BC 30 Years Old Zhang was able to deliver his report to Emperor Wu when he arrived back in the capital Chang'an in 126 BC after a second and shorter captivity by Xiongnu. … Read More
122 BC 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Encouraged by the report, Emperor Wu sent ambassadors in 122 BC to try to persuade Yelang and Dian (滇, modern eastern Yunnan) into submission again. … Read More
119 BC 37 Years Old In 119 BC, Emperor Wu launched a new effort to permanently defeat the Xiongnu empire by making a major excursion against the Xiongnu's headquarters. … Read More
117 BC 39 Years Old A famous wrongful execution happened in 117 BC, when the minister of agriculture Yan Yi (顏異), was falsely accused of committing a crime, though he was actually targeted because he had previously offended the emperor by opposing a plan to effectively extort double tributes out of princes and marquesses. … Read More


113 BC 43 Years Old Starting about 113 BC, Emperor Wu began to display further signs of abusing his power. … Read More
112 BC 44 Years Old In 112 BC, a crisis in the Kingdom of Nanyue (modern Guangdong, Guangxi, and northern Vietnam) erupted, leading to military intervention. … Read More
110 BC 46 Years Old …  In 110 BC, under Han military pressure, Luo Yushan's co-king Luo Jugu (駱居古) assassinated him and surrendered the kingdom to Han. … Read More
109 BC 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 109 BC, Emperor Wu started yet another territorial expansion campaign. … Read More
108 BC 48 Years Old In 108 BC, Emperor Wu sent general Zhao Ponu (趙破奴) on a campaign to Xiyu, and he forced the Kingdoms of Loulan on northeast border of the Taklamakan Desert and Cheshi (modern Turpan, Xinjiang) into submission.


105 BC 51 Years Old In 105 BC, Emperor Wu gave a princess from a remote collateral imperial line to Kunmo (昆莫), the King of Wusun (Issyk Kol Basin) in marriage, and she later married his grandson and successor Qinqu (芩娶), creating a strong and stable alliance between Han and Wusun. … Read More
104 BC 52 Years Old In 104 BC, Emperor Wu built the luxurious Jianzhang Palace (建章宮) — a massive structure that was intended to make him closer to the gods. … Read More
100 BC 56 Years Old About 100 BC, due to the heavy taxation and military burdens imposed by Emperor Wu's incessant military campaigns and luxurious spending, there were many peasant revolts throughout the empire. … Read More
98 BC 58 Years Old He then decreed that he would return to Mount Tai every five years to repeat the ceremony, but only did so once in 98 BC. … Read More


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91 BC 65 Years Old Also caught in this disaster were Crown Prince Ju's two elder sisters Princess Yangshi (陽石公主, who was said to have a romantic relationship with her cousin Gongsun Jingsheng) and Princess Zhuyi (諸邑公主), as well as his cousin Wei Kang (衛伉, the eldest son of the deceased general Wei Qing), who were all accused of witchcraft and executed in 91 BC. … Read More
88 BC 68 Years Old By 88 BC, Emperor Wu had become seriously ill. … Read More
87 BC 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Emperor Wu of Han (30 June 156BC29 March 87BC), born Liu Che, courtesy name Tong, was the seventh emperor of the Han dynasty of China, ruling from 141–87 BC. … Read More
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