King Weilie of Zhou

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King Weilie of Zhou
King of China
Reign 425–402 BC
Predecessor King Kao of Zhou
Successor King An of Zhou
Died 402 BC
Issue King An of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: (午)
House Zhou Dynasty
Father King Kao of Zhou

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

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]


  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