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Sima Yi

179 - 251

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Sima Yi (pronunciation Chinese: 司馬懿; 179 CE – 7 September 251 CE), courtesy name Zhongda, was a Chinese military general, politician, and regent of the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of China. He formally began his political career in 208 under the Han dynasty's Imperial Chancellor Cao Cao, and was quickly promoted to higher office. His success in handling domestic and military affairs such as governance and the promotion of agriculture, serving as an adviser, repelling incursions and invasions led by Shu and Wu forces, speedily defeating Meng Da's Xincheng Rebellion, and conquering the Gongsun-led Liaodong commandery, garnered him great prestige. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sima Yi has received more than 1,134,061 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Sima Yi is the 871st most popular politician (down from 711th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from China (down from 48th in 2019) and the 31st most popular Chinese Politician.

Sima Yi is most famous for his part in the Battle of Red Cliffs, where he successfully lured the opposing forces into a trap.

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Among politicians, Sima Yi ranks 871 out of 15,577Before him are Eleanor of Austria, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Nikolai Yezhov, Kurt von Schleicher, Calvin Coolidge, and Harold Godwinson. After him are Abū Lahab, Irma Grese, Justin I, Joachim Gauck, James V of Scotland, and Crixus.

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Among people born in 179, Sima Yi ranks 1After him is Pang Tong. Among people deceased in 251, Sima Yi ranks 2Before him is Decius. After him are Herennius Etruscus, Hostilian, Herennia Etruscilla, Babylas of Antioch, Zosimos of Panopolis, Gaius Julius Priscus, and Alexander of Jerusalem.

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Among people born in China, Sima Yi ranks 55 out of 1,392Before him are Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029), Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Sun Quan (182), Liu Shaoqi (1898), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), and Cao Pi (187). After him are Hua Guofeng (1921), Jiang Qing (1914), Emperor Yao (-2324), Guangxu Emperor (1871), Zhang Fei (167), and Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427).


Among politicians born in China, Sima Yi ranks 31Before him are Yuan Shikai (1859), Shunzhi Emperor (1638), Sun Quan (182), Liu Shaoqi (1898), Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566), and Cao Pi (187). After him are Hua Guofeng (1921), Jiang Qing (1914), Emperor Yao (-2324), Guangxu Emperor (1871), Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427), and 5th Dalai Lama (1617).