King Weilie of Zhou

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King Weilie of Zhou
King of China
Reign425–402 BC
PredecessorKing Kao of Zhou
SuccessorKing An of Zhou
Died402 BC
IssueKing An of Zhou
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: (午)
HouseZhou dynasty
FatherKing Kao of Zhou
King Weilie of Zhou
Posthumous name
Literal meaningThe Mighty King of Zhou
The Powerful and Strong King of Zhou

King Weilie of Zhou (Chinese: 周威烈王; pinyin: Zhōu Wēiliè Wáng), personal name Jī Wǔ, was the thirty-second king of the Chinese Zhou dynasty and the twentieth of the Eastern Zhou.

His reign started in 425 BC, after his father King Kao of Zhou had died and lasted until his death in 402 BC.[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 subject states).[2]

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



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


King Jing of Zhou (d. 477 BC)
King Yuan of Zhou (d. 469 BC)
King Zhending of Zhou (d. 441 BC)
King Kao of Zhou (d. 426 BC)
King Weilie of Zhou (d. 402 BC)

See also[edit]

Family tree of ancient Chinese emperors


  1. ^ Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian
  2. ^ ZHOU GENEALOGY (Warring States Period)
  3. ^ Michael Loewe and Edward Shaughnessy, ed. (1999), The Cambridge History of Ancient China, Cambridge University Press
King Weilie of Zhou
 Died: 402 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by King of China
425–402 BC
Succeeded by