King Xian of Zhou

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King Xian of Zhou
King of China
Reign 368–321 BC
Predecessor King Lie of Zhou
Successor King Shenjing of Zhou
Died 321 BC
Issue King Shenjing of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Biǎn (扁)
House Zhou Dynasty
Father King An of Zhou

King Xian of Zhou (Chinese: 周顯王; pinyin: Zhōu Xiǎn Wáng), or King Hsien of Chou, was the thirty-fourth king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty and the twenty-third of Eastern Zhou.[1]

Very little is known about him. He succeeded his brother King Lie of Zhou in 368 BC.[2]

He sent gifts to many of the feudal states, supposedly his vassals, particularly Qin and Chu. Late in his reign, the leaders of the states declared themselves kings, and ceased to recognise the king of Zhou as even nominally their overlord.[3]

After his death, his son King Shenjing of Zhou ruled over China.[4]


  1. ^ Cambridge History of ancient China
  2. ^ Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian
  3. ^ ZHOU GENEALOGY (Warring States Period)
  4. ^ Trình Doãn Thắng, Ngô Trâu Cương, Thái Thành (1998), Cố sự Quỳnh Lâm, NXB Thanh Hoá
King Xian of Zhou
 Died: 321 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Lie of Zhou
King of China
368–321 BC
Succeeded by
King Shenjing of Zhou