Qin Er Shi

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Qin Er Shi (秦二世)
Ancestral name (姓):Ying (嬴)
Clan name (氏):Zhao¹ (趙), or Qin² (秦)
Given name (名):Huhai (胡亥)
Dates of reign:Oct. 210 BC–beg. Oct. 207 BC
Official name:Second Emperor (二世皇帝)
Temple name:None³.
Posthumous name:None4</sup>
General note: Dates given are in the proleptic Julian calendar.
1. This clan name appears in the Records of the Grand Historian
written by Sima Qian. Apparently, the First Emperor (father of the
Second Emperor) being born in the State of Zhao where his father
was an hostage, he later adopted Zhao as his clan name (in ancient
China clan names often changed from generation to generation),
but this is not totally sure.
2. Based on ancient China naming patterns, we can infer that
Qin was the clan name of the royal house of the State of Qin,
derived from the name of the state. Other branches of the Ying
ancestral family, enfeoffed in other states, had other clan
names. Qin was thus possibly also the clan name of
the Second Emperor.
3. The royal house of Qin did not carry the practice of temple
names, which were not used anymore since the establishment
of the Zhou Dynasty, so the Second Emperor does not have a
temple name per se. However, his official name "Second Emperor"
can somehow be assimilated to a temple name, being the
name under which the emperor would have been honored
in the temple of the ancestors of the dynasty.
4. Posthumous names were abolished in 221 BC by the First
Emperor who deemed them inappropriate and contrary
to filial piety.

Qin Er Shi (229 BC - beginning October 207 BC), literally Second Emperor of Qin Dynasty, personal name Huhai, was emperor of the Qin Dynasty in China from 210 BC until 207 BC.

Qin Er Shi was the son of Qin Shi Huang (the First Emperor of Qin), but he was not the original crown prince. In 210 BC, he accompanied his father on a trip to Eastern China, during which trip his father died suddenly. Under the advice of the chief eunuch Zhao Gao and prime minister Li Si, he forged a fake decree of his father, which ordered his brother, the heir Fusu, to commit suicide and appointed himself to be the heir.

As emperor, he was not able to contend with nationwide rebels. He depended on Zhao Gao so much that he himself acted like a puppet emperor. In 207 BC, the Qin dynasty was on the brink of collapse and Zhao Gao was afraid that Qin Er Shi would ask him to take the blame. Therefore Zhao Gao and conspired with others to force the emperor to commit suicide.

A son of Fusu, Ziying, was made king of Qin by Zhao Gao. Ziying soon killed Zhao Gao and surrendered to Liu Bang one year later.


Preceded by:
Qin Shi Huang
Emperor of China
210 BC–207 BC
Succeeded by:
None (civil war)

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