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Zhou Yu

175 - 210

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Zhou Yu (Chinese: 周瑜, pronunciation) (175–210), courtesy name Gongjin (Chinese: 公瑾), was a Chinese military general and strategist serving under the warlord Sun Ce in the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. After Sun Ce died in the year 200, he continued serving under Sun Quan, Sun Ce's younger brother and successor. Zhou Yu is primarily known for his leading role in defeating the numerically superior forces of the northern warlord Cao Cao at the Battle of Red Cliffs in late 208, and again at the Battle of Jiangling in 209. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhou Yu has received more than 602,196 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Zhou Yu is the 202nd most popular military personnel (down from 130th in 2019), the 125th most popular biography from China (down from 85th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

Zhou Yu is most famous for being the general of the Sun family during the Three Kingdoms period. He was also a strategist and tactician.

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Among military personnels, Zhou Yu ranks 202 out of 1,468Before him are Parmenion, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Gotthard Heinrici, Josip Jelačić, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, and Sun Jian. After him are Lavr Kornilov, Wilhelm Mohnke, Maxime Weygand, Alfred von Tirpitz, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and Giovanni Giustiniani.

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Among people born in 175, Zhou Yu ranks 2Before him is Himiko. After him are Sun Ce, Ammonius Saccas, and Gan Ning. Among people deceased in 210, Zhou Yu ranks 2Before him is Sextus Empiricus.

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Among people born in China, Zhou Yu ranks 125 out of 1,392Before him are Emperor Wen of Han (-202), I. M. Pei (1917), Emperor Guangwu of Han (-5), Li Xiannian (1909), Zhang Qian (-200), and Sun Jian (155). After him are Temür Khan (1265), Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), Hu Yaobang (1915), Sun Ce (175), Bao Zheng (999), and Dorgon (1612).


Among military personnels born in China, Zhou Yu ranks 10Before him are Guan Yu (162), Zhang Fei (167), Zhao Yun (168), Dong Zhuo (139), Yue Fei (1142), and Sun Jian (155). After him are Sun Ce (175), Han Xin (-231), Bai Qi (-250), Zhang Liao (169), Sun Bin (-401), and Meng Tian (-250).