Emperor Yuan of Han

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Han Yuandi (漢元帝)
Family name:Liu (劉 li)
Given name:Fuling (弗陵, flng)
Posthumous name:
(full)
Xiaoyuan (孝元, xio yun)
literary meaning: "filial and original"
Posthumous name:
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Yuan (元, yun)
"original"

Emperor Yuan of Han (75 BC33 BC) was an emperor of the Chinese Han Dynasty. He reigned from 48 BC to 33 BC. Emperor Yuan was remembered for the promotion of Confucianism as the official creed of China. He appointed Confucius adherents to important government posts and as a result, government expenses were lessen and the welfare of people improved significantly.

However, at the same time that he was preaching Confucianism, Yuan failed to check the power of his own family whom he believed is an act of filial piety as commanded by Confucianism and in particular the empress who was a member of the Wang clan. Wang's family member held high posts in the government and this trend continued under Yuan's son, Emperor Cheng. This slowly gave the Wang family a chance to gain power, control the government and ultimately under Wang Mang to be able to usurped the throne in AD 9 and ended the western Han dynasty.

Era names

Personal information

Father Emperor Xuan of Han
Mother Empress Xu
Wives

Empress Fu (d. 2 BC), mother of Prince Kang of Dingtao and grandmother of Emperor Ai of Han
Empress Feng

Empress Wang, aunt of Wang Mang
Children at least 1 son

See also


Preceded by:
Emperor Xuan of Han
Emperor of the Han Dynasty
49 BC33 BC
Succeeded by:
Emperor Cheng of Han

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