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King Seongdeok the Great of Silla
Seongdeok of Silla (?-737, r. 702-737 was the 33rd king of that ancient Korean kingdom. He was the second son of King Sinmun , and the younger brother of King Hyoso . After the death of his first wife, Seongjeong, he married Sodeok, the daughter of the minister Gim Sun-won . Kings Hyoseong and Gyeongdeok were among the children of King Seongdeok and Sodeok.
According to the Samguk Sagi, Seongdeok invented Korea's first water clock in 718. Lee (1984) contends that in his reign, "the paramount authority of the throne was finally secured, and with this accomplished the kingdom at last was able to enjoy unaccustomed domestic tranquility."
Lee, K.-b. (1984). A new history of Korea. Tr. by E.W. Wagner & E.J. Schulz, based on the Korean rev. ed. of 1979. Seoul: Ilchogak. ISBN 89-337-0204-0
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