What four world records did Wu Zetian set in power? The world record not only exists in the field, but also exists in other fields. As a special case of Chinese rulers, Wu Zetian alone set four world records, not only no emperor in China could break them, but also ranked first in the world.
The four records are as follows:
I. most prime ministers
There are many official posts that can be called prime minister. The ministers of the three provinces, namely, the left and right, the right and the left, and the lower, the minister and the middle, can all be called prime ministers. As a result, the number of prime ministers in the Tang Dynasty was generally larger than that in other dynasties. For example, in the twenty-three years of Emperor Taizong's reign, twenty-five prime ministers were appointed, but this figure is far less than that of Wu Zetian. Wu Zetian is famous for cherishing talents. In addition to the great rejuvenation, she also encourages local officials at all levels to recommend excellent talents. Even so, she was afraid to miss out on talents, and later even encouraged people to recommend themselves. If there are more talents, there must be a place to put them in, or they will be wasted if they are idle. In the end, the imperial bureaucracy under her rule expanded, reaching 73 only before and after the prime minister.
"Sui and Tang history" in the book is explained: "after Wu, he was straightforward, likes and dislikes are uncertain, and at the end of his reign, he was appointed as the prime minister 73 people.". Here's an example of Wu Zetian's appointment of prime minister. Before the establishment of Dajian, there was a nine grade official named Fu Youyi who was good at speculation. Seeing that Wu Zetian had the ambition to be emperor, he gathered a group of people to write a letter, asking Wu Zetian to change the state name to Zhou. Wu Zetian Longyan Dayue, in one year, promoted him from the smallest nine grade official to three grade official, and achieved the position of prime minister (there were few first grade officials and second grade officials in Tang Dynasty, and prime ministers were often three grade officials). Fortunately, Wu Zetian was diligent in government affairs, good at governing the country, and frequently appointed prime ministers did not cause the Empire to be in chaos. Second only to Empress Wu in history, the last generation of the family was suspicious in terms of employment throughout his life. During his seven years in office, 50 prime ministers were replaced before, after and after him. The Ming Dynasty was already terminally ill. After such a series of setbacks, it was even more hopeless.
2. The oldest when he ascended the throne
Before Wu Zetian, the oldest emperor when he ascended the throne was. In the first half of his life, Emperor zhaolie of Han Dynasty was busy fighting guerrillas. Fortunately, when he was old, he received Jingzhou and Yizhou, the two largest states at that time. Finally, at the age of 60, he ascended the throne and established the Shu Han regime. Wu Zetian worked harder than him. From the talented person and Zhaoyi of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty to the empress and empress, then to the age of 67. It was 690 A.D., when Wu Zetian changed her name to Zhou, calling herself the "holy emperor". Since she was 14, she has been fighting for 53 years. In addition, at that time, there was a man named Ma Yin who ruled Hunan at the end of Tang Dynasty. It was not until 927 that the later Tang Dynasty granted him the title of king of Chu, and he was 75 years old. However, the title of this person is only the king. The temple name at the time of death was King Mu of Chu Wu. Moreover, this king was awarded by the central separatist forces, so it was not included in the list of emperors.
III. The largest Mausoleum
Wu Zetian lived in a prosperous period of the Tang Dynasty. Her abundant national strength provided a solid financial foundation for her mausoleum. The construction of her mausoleum, Qianling mausoleum, started in 684 A.D. and completed only one phase after 23 years of construction. Qianling almost copied the capital Chang'an City, including outer Guo City, imperial city and palace city. The inner city has Qinglong gate in the East, Zhuque gate in the south, white tiger gate in the West and Xuanwu Gate in the north. The North-South main axis is 4.9 kilometers long, the North-South wall is 1450 meters long, the east wall is 1582 meters long, the west wall is 1438 meters long, and the total area is 2.3 million square meters. The record in historical documents is "Zhou 80 Li". Even the Zhaoling of Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty can't catch up with such a scale, which can be called "the crown of all the imperial tombs of the past dynasties". In addition, in the city, there are more than 60 important officials' ancestral halls, such as Xiandian, Pianfang, ambulatory, que Lou and so on. It is just another Chang'an city.
Unfortunately, in the course of the construction, the magnificent ground buildings of Qianling mausoleum were greatly damaged. It was not until the fourteenth year of Zhengyuan (798 A.D.) that the building was rebuilt. Such a large mausoleum has a large number of funerary objects. According to the survey and estimation of modern scholars, the total weight of the funerary objects is at least 500 tons. If Wu Zetian's Qianling was finally opened, it would be a grand event as important as the mausoleum.
IV. most years
年号是的一项发明，是帝王纪年法的继续。在武则天之前，这项世界纪录的保持者就是汉武帝，他在位五十五年，年号一共用了十一个，平均五年一个。这些年号分别是：建元(前140-前135)，元光(前134 -前129)，元朔(前128-前123)，元狩(前122-前117)，元鼎(前116-前111)，元封(前110-前105)，太初(前104-前 101)，天汉(前100-前97)，太始(前96-前93)，征和(前92-前89)，后元(前88-前87)。到了武则天这里，从她称制到最后被政变逼下台的二十一年中，一共换了十七个年号。
The year number is an invention of and a continuation of the imperial chronology. Before Empress Wu, the holder of this world record was Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty, who had been in power for 55 years. He used a total of 11 years, an average of one in five years. These years are: Jianyuan (140-135 BC), Yuanguang (134-129 BC), Yuanshuo (128-123 BC), Yuanshou (122-117 BC), Yuanding (116-111 BC), Yuanfeng (110-105 BC), Taichu (104-101 BC), Tianhan (100-97 BC), Taishi (96-93 BC), Zhenghe (92-89 BC), Houyuan (88-87 BC). In the twenty-one years from her calling system to her being forced to step down by the coup, Wu Zetian has changed her name for a total of 17 years.
As a strong woman with a very high quality of life, Empress Wu's year numbers naturally have their own characteristics. They are guangzhai, Chugong, Yongchang, Zachu, Tianzhi, Ruyi, Changshou, yanzai, Zhengsheng, long live the book of heaven, long live Dengfeng, long live Tongtian, Shenggong, Shengli, Jiushi, Dazu and Chang'an. It is more interesting that in the third year of Tianshi, Wu Zetian changed the number of years twice, that is, the third year of Tianshi, the first year of Ruyi and the first year of Changshou are all in one year, which is 692 A.D.
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