Encyclopedia: Cui Lie

Cui Lie (Weikao); Ts‘ui Lieh (Wei-k’ao); 崔烈 (威考)

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Cui Lie (Weikao) 崔烈 (威考)

Lived: AD ?–191

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Served: Han

Commandant of the Capital Gates. Cui Yi’s brother. Killed by Li Jue and Guo Si’s troops.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ts‘ui Lieh (Wei-k’ao)
Simplified Chinese: 崔烈 (威考)
Pronunciation: Cui1 Lie4
Cantonese (Yale): Cheui Lit
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Ceoi Lit
Min-Nan: Cui Liat

Birthplace: Anping/Boling

Name Notes: Referenced incorrectly as ‘Sui Yi’ in Brewitt-Taylor’s translation and other sources.

Rank and Titles

Administrator; Commandant of Justice; Minister over the Masses; Grand Commandant; Colonel of the City Gates

Family and Relationships

Cui Ban (Father); Cui Shi (Cousin); Cui Yi (Brother); Cui Jun, Cui Jun (Sons)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Didn’t resign over the eunuchs. Indeed he was known as “Stink of Copper” for paying bribe/fine for high office.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 3, 9

Sanguozhi: Wei 1, Wei 6, Shu 5

Hou Han shu: 8, 9, 58, 74

Zizhi tongjian: 58, 60



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April 10, 2023