Emperor Wen of Sui

541 - 604

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Emperor Wen of Sui (隋文帝; 21 July 541 – 13 August 604), personal name Yang Jian (楊堅), Xianbei name Puliuru Jian (普六茹堅), alias Narayana (Chinese: 那羅延; pinyin: Nàluóyán) deriving from Buddhist terms, was the founder and first emperor of China's Sui dynasty (581–618 AD). He was a hard-working administrator and a micromanager. The Sui Shu records him as having withdrawn his favour from the Confucians, giving it to "the group advocating Xing-Ming and authoritarian government." As a Buddhist, he encouraged the spread of Buddhism through the state. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Wen of Sui has received more than 344,476 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Emperor Wen of Sui is the 1,138th most popular politician (up from 1,245th in 2019), the 83rd most popular biography from China (up from 93rd in 2019) and the 50th most popular Chinese Politician.

Emperor Wen of Sui is most famous for the reunification of China and the construction of the Grand Canal.

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Among politicians, Emperor Wen of Sui ranks 1,138 out of 15,710. Before him are John Quincy Adams, Abdullah Gül, Lucius Junius Brutus, Valdemar IV of Denmark, John III Doukas Vatatzes, and Michael VII Doukas. After him are Tokhtamysh, Aristide Briand, As-Saffah, Valdemar I of Denmark, Jim Mattis, and Karl Haushofer.

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Among people born in 541, Emperor Wen of Sui ranks 1After him is Audoin. Among people deceased in 604, Emperor Wen of Sui ranks 2Before him is Pope Gregory I. After him are Augustine of Canterbury and Æthelric of Deira.

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Among people born in China, Emperor Wen of Sui ranks 83 out of 1,186. Before him are Dong Zhuo (139), Daoguang Emperor (1782), Wang Mang (-45), Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427), Jianwen Emperor (1377), and Zhang Heng (78). After him are Tu Youyou (1930), Zhou Yu (175), Shang Yang (-390), Qu Yuan (-343), Yang Guifei (719), and Fuxi (-2900).


Among politicians born in China, Emperor Wen of Sui ranks 50Before him are Xuande Emperor (1399), Chongzhen Emperor (1611), Daoguang Emperor (1782), Wang Mang (-45), Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427), and Jianwen Emperor (1377). After him are Shang Yang (-390), Yang Guifei (719), Fuxi (-2900), 2nd Dalai Lama (1476), Tongzhi Emperor (1856), and Yang Shangkun (1907).