Encyclopedia: Cao Xiu

Cao Xiu (Wenlie); Ts‘ao Hsiu (Wên-lieh); 曹休 (文烈)

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Cao Xiu (Wenlie) 曹休 (文烈)

Lived: AD c.178–228


Served: Wei

Performed well against Shu and Wu but fell for Zhou Fang’s ploy at Shiting.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ts‘ao Hsiu (Wên-lieh)
Simplified Chinese: 曹休 (文烈)
Pronunciation: Cao2 Xiu1 (Wen2lie4)
Cantonese (Yale): Chou Yau (Man-lit)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Cou Jau (Man-lit)
Min-Nan: Co Hiu (Bun-liat)

Birthplace: Pei

Rank and Titles

Colonel of the Cavalry; Commander of the Imperial Guard; General Who Directs the Army; Marquis of Dongyang Commune; General Who Guards the South; General Who Conquers the East; Marquis of Anyang Commune; General-in-Chief Who Conquers the East; Protector of Yang Province; Marquis of Changping; Valiant Marquis (posthumous)

Family and Relationships

Cao Cao (Cousin)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 56, 68, 69, 71, 80, 8486, 91, 96, 97

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May 13, 2014