Encyclopedia: Cao Jie

Cao Jie (Yuanwei); Ts‘ao Chieh (Yuan-wei); 曹節 (元偉)

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Cao Jie (Yuanwei) 曹節 (元偉)

Lived: AD ?–181

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Served: Han

The Chief of the Ten Regular Attendants under Emperors Huan and Ling of Han.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ts‘ao Chieh (Yuan-wei)
Simplified Chinese: 曹节 (元伟)
Pronunciation: Cao2 Jie2  Pronunciation
Cantonese (Yale): Chou Jit
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Cou Zit
Min-Nan: Co Ciat

Rank and Titles

Regular Palace Attendant; Marquis of Chang’an District; Commandant of the Guard of the Palace of Prolonged Joy; Marquis of Yuyang; Grand Coachman of the Palace of Prolonged Joy; General of Chariots and Cavalry; Regular Palace Attendant; Prefect of The Masters of Writing

Family and Relationships

Cao Shao (Nephew)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 1, 3

Sanguozhi: Wei 1

Hou Han shu: 26, 37, 53-54, 56-57, 60, 65-67, 77-78, 102-103, 106, 108

Zizhi tongjian: 52, 56-58

Search Results

The Ten Regular Attendants (or Twelve)
Date: 11/09     Replies: 27
The Emperor, or the Ten Attendants?
Date: 11/02     Replies: 16


Historic (Confirmed)

Took the future Emperor Ling to the capital and got himself into the good graces of the Empress Dowager. When Dou Wu plotted his revolt, Cao Jie got Emperor Ling onto his side and tricked the famed general Zhang Huan into aiding them, blocking passages into the palaces. Dou Wu’s soldiers, on seeing Zhang Huan and the Emperor were against them deserted that night and the revolt was put down.

Cao Jie and his friends took control of the court, getting the men of faction; Cai Yong exiled and managed to get the threat of Yang Qiu dealt with by persuading the Emperor to change Yang’s rank. Twice he saw the eunuchs through times of crises and he gained great favour with Emperor Ling, even given the honouree rank of General of Chariots and Cavalry when he fell sick.



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April 10, 2023