Chronologically by birth.
The Tang Dynasty
The Tang Dynasty (618–907) was neither the first nor the last Chinese dynasty.
In the timeline of Chinese history it lies somewhere in the middle and equates to Europe’s transition from the Dark Ages to the Early Middle Ages. By historical comparison, Charlemagne ruled central Europe and Muhammad was beginning his prophecy. Not until 871 did Alfred the Great become King of Wessex and then the first King of England.
The Tang Dynasty is often considered China’s golden age, when its territory was at its height, trade and literature flourished, religious toleration was allowed, and ethnic groups co-existed, but not always. China was often at war with Tibetans in the west and Turks on the north. Internal conflicts and palace intrigues often made for an “uneasy head that wore the crown”.
The Tang Poets
Chinese family names are listed first.