King Su of Chu

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Xiong Zang
King of Chu
Reign 380–370 BC
Full name
Posthumous name
King Su of Chu

King Su of Chu (Chinese: 楚肅王; pinyin: Chǔ Sù Wáng, died 370 BC) was from 380 to 370 BC the king of the state of Chu during the Warring States period of ancient China. He was born Xiong Zang (Chinese: 熊臧) and King Su was his posthumous title.[1]

King Su succeeded his father King Dao of Chu, who died in 381 BC. King Su died in 370 BC after 11 years of reign. Since he had no sons, his younger brother Xiong Liangfu ascended the throne and is known as King Xuan of Chu.[1]

Upon his accession to Chu's throne, he executed more than seventy families which participated in the murder of Wu Qi and the insulting of King Dao of Chu's corpse. However, he also abolished Wu Qi's reformed policies. [2]

During his rule, King Su fought with two of the three Jins; Han and Wei. In 375 BCE, Han exterminated the state of Zheng which was in alliance with Chu for centuries. [3]


  1. ^ a b Sima Qian. "楚世家 (House of Chu)". Records of the Grand Historian (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Gu, Chong. 战国. 中国财政经济出版社. ISBN 9787509560884. 
  3. ^ Zizhi Tongjian. Zhonghua Book Company. 2009. ISBN 9787101053463. 
King Su of Chu
 Died: 370 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Dao of Chu
King of Chu
380–370 BC
Succeeded by
King Xuan of Chu