Historical figures in the Analects of Confucius

Many famous and not-so-famous figures from ancient Chinese history appear in the Analects of Confucius, starting with the legendary sage kings Yao (堯) and Shun (舜), who were believed to have established the foundations of this great civilization.

Here is the full list of the historical figures featured in the Analects in order of appearance together with links to profiles of each person.

Analects of Confucius Book 3
Guan Zhong/管仲
Sage King Shun/韶
King Wu of Zhou/周武王

Analects of Confucius Book 5
Zang Wenzhong/藏文仲
Ziwen/子文
Ji Wenzi/季文子
Ning Wuzi/甯武子
Boyi and Shuqi/伯夷叔齊
Weisheng Gao/微生高

Analects of Confucius Book 6
Sage King Yao/堯
Old Peng/老彭
Duke of Zhou/周公
Tai Bo/泰伯
Sage King Yu/禹
Sage King Yao/堯

Analects of Confucius Book 7
Old Peng/老彭
Duke of Zhou/周公

Analects of Confucius Book 8
Tai Bo/泰伯
Sage King Yu/禹

Analects of Confucius Book 9
King Wen of Zhou/周文王

Analects of Confucius Book 12
Gao Yao/皋陶
Tang/湯
Yi Yin/伊尹

Analects of Confucius Book 14
Yi the Archer/羿
Ao the Sailor/奡
Hou Ji/后稷
Zhuangzi of Bian/卞莊子
Duke Wen of Jin/晉文公
Duke Huan of Qi/齊桓公
Prince Jiu of Qi/公子糾
Shao Hu/召忽
Gaozong/高宗

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