King Nan of Zhou

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King Nan of Zhou
King of China
Reign 314–256 BC
Predecessor King Shenjing of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Yán (延)
House Zhou Dynasty
Father King Shenjing of Zhou[1]
Died 256 BC

King Nan of Zhou (Chinese: 周赧王; pinyin: Zhōu Nǎn Wáng), or less commonly King Yin of Zhou (Chinese: 周隱王; pinyin: Zhōu Yǐn Wáng) was the thirty-sixth and last king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty, the son of the King Shenjing of Zhou and grandson of King Xian of Zhou.[2] He was a King for fifty-nine years,[3] longest in Zhou Dynasty and all the pre-imperial China[4] (in terms of the reign length followed by King Mu of Zhou).

King Nan was killed after annexation of his kingdom by Qin in 256 BC.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cambridge History of ancient China
  2. ^ Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian
  3. ^ Trình Doãn Thắng, Ngô Trâu Cương, Thái Thành (1998), Cố sự Quỳnh Lâm, NXB Thanh Hoá
  4. ^ Pines, Envisioning Eternal Empire, 2009:238-9.
King Nan of Zhou
Died: 256 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Shenjing of Zhou
King of China
314–256 BC
Title next held by
Qin Shi Huang
as Emperor of China