Sima Qian

145 BC - 86 BC

Sima Qian

Sima Qian ([sɨ́mà tɕʰjɛ́n]; traditional Chinese: 司馬遷; simplified Chinese: 司马迁; pinyin: Sīmǎ Qiān; c. 145 – c. 86 BC) was a Chinese historian of the early Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 220). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sima Qian has received more than 550,728 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular historian.

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  • 550k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 77.45

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 108

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.35

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among historians, Sima Qian ranks 7 out of 292Before him are Herodotus, Ibn Khaldun, Thucydides, Tacitus, Livy, and Xenophon. After him are Josephus, Polybius, Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, Diodorus Siculus, and Thomas Kuhn.

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Among people born in 145 BC, Sima Qian ranks 1After him is Philo of Larissa. Among people deceased in 86 BC, Sima Qian ranks 1After him is Gaius Marius.

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In China

Among people born in China, Sima Qian ranks 14 out of 921Before him are Zheng He (1387), 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Jackie Chan (1954), Sun Yat-sen (1866), and Kublai Khan (1215). After him are Cao Cao (155), Empress Dowager Cixi (1835), Puyi (1906), Liu Bei (161), Zhuge Liang (181), and Guan Yu (162).


Among historians born in China, Sima Qian ranks 1

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