Emperor Ai of Han

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Han Aidi (漢哀帝)
Family name:Liu (劉 li)
Given name:Xin (欣, xīn)
Posthumous name:
(full)
Xiaoai (孝哀, xio āi)
"filial and lamentable"
Posthumous name:
<center>(short)
Ai (哀, āi)
"lamentable"

Emperor Ai of Han (27 BC1 BC) was an emperor of the Chinese Han Dynasty. He ascended the throne when he was 20 and reigned from 7 BC to 1 BC. Under emperor Ai, corruption became even more prevalent and heavy taxes were levied on the people. This quickly led to the demoralization of the people towards the government and the acquisition of power by Wang Mang and his family after Ai died in 1 BC. Emperor Ai was also infamous for being a homosexual emperor of China. Legend has it that the emperor and Dong Xian (董賢) were lovers, in a same sex relationships and their attraction was being called "the passions of the cut sleeve" 斷袖之癖 after a story that one afternoon after falling asleep for a nap embracing each other, Ai cut off his sleeve rather than to disturb the sleeping Dong Xian when he had to vacate the premise.

Era names

  • Jianping (建平 py. jan png) 6 BC-3 BC
  • Yuanshou (元壽 py. yan shu) 2 BC-1 BC

Personal information

Father Prince Kang of Dingtao, half-brother of Emperor Cheng of Han China
Mother consort Ding
Wives

Empress Ding (deposed 18 BC)

Empress Fu
Children none


Preceded by:
Emperor Cheng of Han
Emperor of the Han Dynasty
7 BC1 BC
Succeeded by:
Emperor Ping of Han

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