Encyclopedia: Chen Dan

Chen Dan (Hangong); Ch‘ên Tan; 陳耽 (漢公)

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Chen Dan (Hangong) 陳耽 (漢公)

Lived: AD ?–185

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Served: Han

Loyal Minister that, due to slander by the eunuchs, was arrested and died in jail.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ch‘ên Tan
Simplified Chinese: 陈耽 (汉公)
Pronunciation: Chen2 Dan1 (Han4gong1)

Birthplace: Donghai

Rank and Titles

Grand Master of Ceremonies; Grand Commandant; Grand Master of Ceremonies; Minister of Works; Grand Master of Ceremonies; Minister over the Masses

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Did not insult the eunuchs
  • Was not arrested for defending Liu Tao

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 2


Historic (Confirmed)

Chen Dan was a high official under the Han. He served as Minister of Ceremonies, but was often promoted to various other ranks. Chen Dan tried to make a report after being promoted to Minister over the Masses, but was harassed by palace eunuchs and their clients. Under pressure, he resigned from office a few weeks later. In AD 185, Chen Dan was slandered by the eunuchs and sent to prison. He died there. His death was lamentable; as an official, Chen Dan was loyal and honest.



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April 10, 2023