Qin Dynasty Timeline

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  • 259 BCE - 210 BCE
    Life of Ying Zheng of Qin, Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China.
  • c. 246 BCE - c. 247 BCE
    Prince Ying Zheng becomes King of Qin, age 12 or 13.
  • 230 BCE - 221 BCE
    King Ying Zheng of Qin defeats the other warring states, claims Mandate of Heaven to rule China.
  • 221 BCE
    King Ying Zheng assumes the title Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China. Founds Qin Dynasty.
  • 221 BCE - 206 BCE
    The Qin Dynasty in China.
  • c. 221 BCE
    Construction of Northern Frontier wall by Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, precursor to Great Wall.
  • c. 218 BCE
    Construction of the Great Wall of China is initiated.
  • 213 BCE - 206 BCE
    Qin Dynasty elevates Legalism as state philosophy and bans all others.
  • c. 213 BCE - 210 BCE
    Shi Huangdi increasingly obsessed with death and immortality.
  • 210 BCE
    First Emperor of China Shi Huangdi dies, buried with army of 8,000 terracotta warriors in palace tomb.
  • 202 BCE
    The Battle of Gaixia, Chu forces defeated by the Han.