Encyclopedia: Cui Yan

Cui Yan (Jigui); Ts‘ui Yen (Chi-kuei); 崔琰 (季珪)

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Cui Yan (Jigui) 崔琰 (季珪)

Lived: AD 163–216

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Served: Yuan Shao, Wei

Scholar who served Yuan Shao then Cao Cao, who executed him for his opposition.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ts‘ui Yen (Chi-kuei)
Simplified Chinese: 崔琰 (季珪)
Pronunciation: Cui1 Yan3 (Ji4gui1)
Cantonese (Yale): Cheui Yim (Gwai-gwai)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Ceoi Jim (Gwai-gwai)
Min-Nan: Cui Yam (Kui-kui)

Birthplace: Qinghe

Rank and Titles

Chief Commandant of Cavalry; Aide-de-Camp; Senior Clerk in the Department of the West Under the Imperial Chancellor; Master of Writing; Commandant of the Capital

Family and Relationships

Cui Lin (Younger Cousin); Cao Zhi (Nephew-In-law)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Executed not for Han loyalty but for treason due to unfortunate choice of words about a memorial.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 33, 39, 68

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April 10, 2023