Encyclopedia: Cao Zhen

Cao Zhen (Zidan); Ts‘ao Chên (Tzŭ-tan); 曹真 (子丹)

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Cao Zhen (Zidan) 曹真 (子丹)

Lived: AD c.185–231

Biographies:

Served: Wei

Served Wei. Adopted into Cao family. Managed affairs after Cao Pi’s death.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ts‘ao Chên (Tzŭ-tan)
Simplified Chinese: 曹真 (子丹)
Pronunciation: Cao2 Zhen1 (Zi3dan1)
Cantonese (Yale): Chou Jan (Ji-daan)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Cou Zan (Zi-daan)

Birthplace: Qiao County, Pei Prefecture
(Presently Bozhou city in Anhui Province)

Other Names: Qin Zhen

Name Notes: Cao Zhen’s original family name was Qin. He was adopted into the Cao clan.

Rank and Titles

Marquis of Lingshou Ting; General of Zhong Jian; General Who Suppresses the West; Marquis of Dong Xiang; Great General of the First Army; Great General of the Central Army; Marquis of Shaoling; Grand Minister of War; Marquis of Yuan (posthumous)

Family and Relationships

Qin Shao (Father); Cao Bin (Brother); Cao Shuang, Cao Xi, Cao Xun, Cao Ze, Cao Yun, Cao Ai (Sons); Cao Zun (Relative)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Died from illness in Luoyang. Not from shame over having been defeated by Zhuge Liang.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 8486, 91, 9395, 9799, 100, 101, 106, 107

Sanguozhi: Wei 9

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May 13, 2014