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Emperor Zhang of Han China

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Emperor Zhang of Han China, ch. 漢章帝, py. hn zhāng d, wg. Han Chang-ti, (AD 57 - AD 88) was an emperor of the Chinese Han Dynasty.

Emperor Zhang was a hardworking and diligent emperor. He reduced taxes and paid close attention to all affairs of state. Zhang also reduced government spending as well as promoting Confucianism. As a result, Han society prospered and its culture fluorished. Along with Emperor Ming, Emperor Zhang's reign has been highly praised and was regarded as the golden age of the Eastern Han period.

During his reign, Chinese troops under the generalship of Ban Chao, progressed towards the West as far as the Caspian Sea and the Ukraine, getting into direct contact with the Parthian Empire, and tentatively sending an embassy to Rome.

The Eastern Han period, especially after Emperor Zhang would be plagued with internal strife between royal factions and eunuchs struggling for power. Of the ten emperors that would ascend the throne following him in the next century and a half, the oldest was 14 years old.

Personal information

Family name Liu (劉 li) in Chinese
Given name Da (炟 py. d)
Era name Jianchu (建初 py. jan chū) 76-84

Yuanhe (元和 py. yan h) 84-87

Zhanghe (章和 py. zhāng h) 87-88
Father Emperor Ming of Han China (fifth son of)
Mother consort Jia
Wife Empress Dou, d. 97, sister of Dou Xian
Major concubines 1) consort Song, d. 82
       2) consort Liang, d. 83
3) consort Shen
Children 8 sons, all by consorts
Duration of reign AD 75-AD 88
Tomb
Temple name
Courtesy name
Posthumous name 孝章 (py. xio zhāng d), literary meaning: "filial and methodical"
Posthumous name in short 章 (py. zhāng), literary meaning: "methodical"
ja:章帝 (漢)

zh:汉章帝

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