SUí (simplified Chinese : 随; traditional Chinese : 隨; pinyin :
Suí) was a
Zhou dynasty vassal state in the Han River Basin in modern
During the initial stages of the Spring and Autumn Period from 771 BCE, the power of Sui’s neighbor the State of Chu grew considerably. At the same time Sui also expanded and became leader of the various vassal states whose leaders bore the surname Ji known as the HANYANG JI VASSALS (汉阳诸姬).
The Zuo Zhuan records that in 706 BCE King Wu of Chu invaded the State of Sui on the grounds that the state’s minister Ji Liang (季梁) had halted the king’s army. Not long afterwards, the Sui military commander received Chu Prime Minister Dou Bobi (鬬伯比) who concluded that given the opportunity Sui would conspire against Chu. Two years later in the summer of 704 BCE following Sui’s non-appearance at a meeting of the vassal states called at Shenlu (沈鹿), King Wu of Chu personally led his army in an attack on Sui. Thereafter Sui was defeated at the Battle of Suqi (速杞之战). The state's leader fled whilst Chu minister Dou Dan (鬬丹) captured the Marquess of Sui's chariot along with the chariot division military commander. However, at that time Chu did not have sufficient power to annex Sui and peace followed in the same year.
In 690 BCE King Wu died in the course of an expedition into Sui at a time when the latter state wanted peace. Over the following decades, Chu gradually annexed Hanyang Ji Vassals in every direction. In 640 BCE the vassals attacked Chu with Sui as their leader but were defeated and entered into peace talks.
By the time of the
Battle of Chengpu
The Chu capital at Ying suffered an attack by the State of Wu in 506 BCE whereupon King Zhao of Chu fled to Sui. Although under pressure from Wu, Sui would not hand over King Zhao and protected him well. For this reason Sui was rewarded by Chu. For the year 494 BCE the Spring and Autumn Annals records: "The Prince of Chu, the Marquess of Chen and the Marquess of Sui attacked the State of Cai ". Based on the History of Lu section of the same book later author Du Yu believed that Chu restored Sui's independence as a marquessate in return for their protection of King Zhao.
At some unknown later date, Sui was finally overthrown by Chu.
CONNECTION BETWEEN SUI AND ZENG
The tomb of the
Marquess of Zeng (曾侯) excavated in Sui County,
However, in January 2013, a late
Spring and Autumn , early Warring
States Period bronze halberd (ge) belonging to the chancellor of the
Sui state, inscribed with the text "随大司马献有之行戈," was
uncovered during excavations in a Zeng state tomb complex in Suizhou.
This is an extremely important discovery for researchers studying the
relationship between the Sui and Zeng states, in addition to a large
bronze bell detailing inter-state relations between Chu, Wu and Zeng,
when corresponding written records state Chu, Wu and Sui. Among other
artifacts discovered were Western Zhou period bronzes detailing the
founding of the Zeng State by descendants of Nangong Kuo , enfeoffed
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* Cai * Cao * Chen * Chu * Jin * Lu * Qi * Qin * Song * Wey * Wu * Yan * Yue * Zheng
* Chu * Han * Qi * Qin * Wei * Yan * Zhao
* Ba * Cai * Dai * Lu * Shu * Song * Teng * Wey * Yiqu * Yue * Zheng * Zhongshan * Zou
Xia → Shang → Zhou → Qin → Han → 3 Kingdoms → Jìn / 16 Kingdoms → N. & S. Dynasties → Sui → Tang → 5 Dynasties ">
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