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Chen Gong; Ch‘ên Kung; 陳恭

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Chen Gong 陳恭

Lived: AD ?–c.185

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Served: Miscellaneous

Friend of Li Tong, helped him kill Zhou Zhi. Killed by his in-law Chen He.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ch‘ên Kung
Simplified Chinese: 陈恭
Pronunciation: Chen2 Gong1
Cantonese (Yale): Chan Gung
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Can Gung

Birthplace: Pingchun County, Jiangxia Commandery

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Family and Relationships

Li Tong (Countryman); Chen He (Brother-in-law)

Literary Appearances

Sanguozhi: Wei 18


Historic (Confirmed)

Chen Gong (1) hailed from Pingchun in Jiangxia. With his fellow villager Li Tong he raised troops in Langling and many joined them. At some time during the mid to late AD 180s they held a feud with Zhou Zhi, who had some 2000 families under his command. Both Li Tong and Chen Gong wished to kill him but Chen Gong found this too difficult to accomplish. Li Tong, knowing Chen Gong would not interfere, invited Zhou Zhi to a meeting and killed him killed him while he was drunk. To resolve the commotion caused by this Li Tong led Chen Gong and killed Zhou Zhi’s faction, combining his troops with their own.

Later Chen Gong was killed by his wife’s brother, Chen He, who also took possession of his troops. Li Tong defeated Chen He and cut off his head, placing it as a sacrifice on Chen Gong’s grave. (2)

(1): Chen Gong (陈恭). Not the strategist who served Lü Bu.

(2): SGZ Wei 18, Li Tong’s biography. Translation by Zhai Rong.



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April 10, 2023