Was Emperor Xuanzong of Tang the first monarch to abolish the death penalty?

Sep 2019
54
Toronto
"China, too, witnessed short periods of abolition, including during the Tang Dynasty, when Emperor Xuanzong abolished the death penalty in 747 for approximately ten years. The death penalty would be brought back."

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MAGolding

Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
3,030
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
According to post number 58 on page six of this thread Which was the first country to abolish the death penalty :

The oldest country I know which abolished the death penalty was Magadha under the Gupta Dynasty (at latest under Chandragupta II who reigned from 375 - 413/415). The Chinese monk Faxian (he traveled from 399 - 412) mentions that even high treason was only punished by cuting the right hand.

See also here: What was the biggest empire that never had capital punishment? and here: Which was the first country to abolish the death penalty
 
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