Zhong Ding

Zhong Ding (Chinese: 仲丁, born Zi Zhuang (Chinese: 子庄), was a shang dynasty King of China.

In the Records of the Grand Historian he was listed by Sima Qian as the tenth Shang king, succeeding his father Tai Wu (Chinese: 太戊). He was enthroned in the year of Xinchou (Chinese: 辛丑) with Bo (Chinese: 亳) as his capital. In the first year of his reign he moved his capital to Ao (Chinese: 隞). In the sixth year of his reign he attacked the Blue Barbarians (Chinese: 蓝夷). He ruled for 11 years (other sources say 9 years) before his death. He was given the posthumous name Zhong Ding and was succeeded by his brother Wai Ren (Chinese: 外壬).

Oracle script inscriptions on bones unearthed at Yinxu alternatively record that he was the ninth Shang king succeeding his uncle Yong Ji (Chinese: 卜丙), given the posthumous name Sanzu Ding (Chinese: 三祖丁) and succeeded by his brother Bu Ren.

Last update 15-06-2012

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