Emperor Taizong of Tang
Taizong (birth name, Li-Shimin, l. 598-649 CE, r. 626-649 CE) was the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty and is considered one of the greatest rulers in Chinese history for his reforms of the government and the laws, his religious tolerance...
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Empress Wu Zetian (Empress Consort Wu, Wu Hou, Wu Mei Niang, Mei-Niang, and Wu Zhao, l. 624-705 CE, r. 690-704 CE) was the only female emperor of Imperial China. She reigned during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) and was one of the most effective...
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Emperor Gaozu of Tang
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Emperor Xuanzong of Tang
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A painted silk scroll depicting Taizong, second emperor during the Tang Dynasty of China, r. 626-649 CE. (National Palace Museum, Taipei)
Taizong's Campaigns Against the Xiyu States
A map illustrating the campaigns of Tang Dynasty emperor Taizong (r. 626-649 CE) against the Xiyu states in China.
Horse of Emperor Taizong
A relief slab from the tomb of Tang Dynasty emperor Taizong showing one of his horses. c. 650 CE, Zhaoling, China. (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia)