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Chen He; Ch‘ên Ho; 陈郃

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Chen He 陈郃

Lived: AD ?–c.185

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Killed Chen Gong, the husband of his sister but was defeated by Li Tong.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ch‘ên Ho
Simplified Chinese: 陈郃
Pronunciation: Chen2 He2

Family and Relationships

Chen Gong (Brother-in-law)

Literary Appearances

Sanguozhi: Wei 18


Historic (Confirmed)

Chen He was brother-in-law to Chen Gong (1), who hailed from Pingchun in Jiangxia, who raised troops with in Langling with Li Tong. At some time during the mid to late AD 180s Chen Gong and Li Tong 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 He killed Chen Gong and 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