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King Weilie of Zhou

King Weilie of Zhou (Chinese: 周威烈王; pinyin: Zhōu Wēiliè Wáng), or King Weilieh of Chou, was the thirty-second king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty and the twentieth of Eastern Zhou. His given name was , but his surname was .

King Weilie of Zhou
King of China
Reign425–402 BC
PredecessorKing Kao of Zhou
SuccessorKing An of Zhou
Died402 BC
IssueKing An of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: (午)
HouseZhou Dynasty
FatherKing Kao of Zhou

His reign started in 425 BC, after his father King Kao of Zhou had died.[1]

He officially established three breakaway provinces of Jin (Hán, Wèi and Zhào) as feudal states, to act as a buffer between his royal domain and Qin (nominally one of his subjects).[2]

King Weilie fathered his successor King An of Zhou.[3]


  • Parents:
  • Sons:
    • Prince Jiao (王子驕; d. 376 BC), ruled as King An of Zhou from 401–376 BC

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian
  2. ^ ZHOU GENEALOGY (Warring States Period)
  3. ^ The Cambridge history of ancient China: from the origins of civilization to 221 B.C. Written by Michael Loewe.
King Weilie of Zhou
 Died: 402 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Kao of Zhou
King of China
425–402 BC
Succeeded by
King An of Zhou