Encyclopedia: Bian Rang

Bian Rang (Wenli); Pien Jang (Wên-li); 邊讓 (文禮)

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Bian Rang (Wenli) 邊讓 (文禮)

Lived: AD ?–195


Served: Han

Governor of Jiujiang. Killed by Xiahou Dun reinforcing Tao Qian against Cao Cao.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Pien Jang (Wên-li)
Simplified Chinese: 边让 (文礼)
Pronunciation: Bian1 Rang4
Cantonese (Yale): Bin Yeung
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Bin Joeng

Birthplace: Chenliu

Rank and Titles

Grand Administrator of Jiujiang

Family and Relationships

Bian Shao (Kinsman)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Executed by Cao Cao after he criticised Cao Cao.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 10, 22

Hou Han shu: 68, 69, 70, 74, 80

Zizhi tongjian: 61

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Historic (Confirmed)

Bian Rang was a distinguished composer of fu rhapsodies, who served a short term in Jiujiang commandery as Grand Administrator, with limited success during the early 190s. When he returned to his home in Chenliu, Cao Cao heard of Bian Rang’s criticism so he killed Bian Rang and his family.



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April 10, 2023