Sima Xiangru

179 BC - 117 BC

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Sima Xiangru (pronounced [sɹ̩́mà ɕjáŋɻǔ], c. 179 – 117 BC) was a Chinese musician, poet, and politician who lived during the Western Han dynasty. Sima is a significant figure in the history of Classical Chinese poetry, and is generally regarded as the greatest of all composers of Chinese fu rhapsodies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sima Xiangru has received more than 65,555 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Sima Xiangru is the 1,398th most popular writer (up from 1,428th in 2019), the 407th most popular biography from China (down from 399th in 2019) and the 30th most popular Chinese Writer.

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  • 66k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 59.09

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 21

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.16

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.17

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Sima Xiangrus by language

Over the past year Sima Xiangru has had the most page views in the with 28,720 views, followed by Vietnamese (16,249), and English (8,245). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Serbo-Croatian (122.81%), Cantonese (112.82%), and Armenian (41.14%)


Among writers, Sima Xiangru ranks 1,398 out of 7,302Before him are Magda Szabó, Dnyaneshwar, Mendele Mocher Sforim, Pehr Henrik Ling, Fulcher of Chartres, and César Vallejo. After him are Siegfried Lenz, Robert Bloch, Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, Korney Chukovsky, Kâtip Çelebi, and Maj Sjöwall.

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Among people born in 179 BC, Sima Xiangru ranks 2Before him is Dong Zhongshu.  Among people deceased in 117 BC, Sima Xiangru ranks 2Before him is Huo Qubing. After him is Hiempsal I.

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In China

Among people born in China, Sima Xiangru ranks 407 out of 1,610Before him are Pan Geng (-1500), Shen Buhai (-385), Emperor Muzong of Tang (795), Emperor Shang of Tang (695), Li Shizhen (1517), and Dian Wei (150). After him are Emperor Shang of Han (105), Uskhal Khan Tögüs Temür (1342), Zhou Dunyi (1017), Liang Qichao (1873), Bao Xishun (1951), and Yue Jin (200).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Sima Xiangru ranks 30Before him are Lao She (1899), Meng Haoran (690), Lu Yu (733), Bei Dao (1949), Lin Yutang (1895), and Yan Fu (1854). After him are Liang Qichao (1873), Qiu Jin (1875), Du Mu (803), Qiu Chuji (1148), Li Qingzhao (1084), and Lu You (1125).