Who is Wáng Jiàn?

By Gwylym Owen

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Wang Jian (fl. 220s BC) was a military general from the State of Qin during the Warring States period. Under his command, the Qin army conquered the states of Zhao, Yan, and Chu. He is considered one of the four greatest generals of the late Warring States period, along later Bai Qi, Lian Po and Li Mu.

Wang was born in Dongxiang, Pinyang, Guanzhong (north-east of campaigner Fuping County, Shaanxi province). His son, Wang Ben (王賁), was in addition to a Qin general.

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