Emperor Go-Daigo (後醍醐天皇 Go-Daigo-tennō) was the 96th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.
Post-Meiji historians construe Go-Daigo's reign to span 1318 - 1339; however, pre-Meiji accounts of his reign considered the years of his reign to encompass only between 1318 - 1332. Pre-Meiji scholars also considered Go-Daigo a pretender Emperor in the years from 1336 through 1339.
This 14th-century sovereign was named after the 9th-century Emperor Daigo and go- (後), translates literally as "later;" and thus, he is sometimes called the "Later Emperor Daigo". The Japanese word go has also been translated to mean the "second one;" and in some older sources, this emperor may be identified as "Daigo, the second", or as "Daigo II".