Encyclopedia: Han Sui

Han Sui (Wenyue); Han Sui (Wên-yüeh); 韓遂 (文約)

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Han Sui (Wenyue) 韓遂 (文約)

Lived: AD c.144–215


Served: Han, Qiang, Han Sui, Ma Chao, Wei

Worked with Ma Chao, before defecting to Cao Cao. Lost his hand to Ma Chao.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Han Sui (Wên-yüeh)
Simplified Chinese: 韩遂 (文约)
Pronunciation: Han2 Sui4 (Wen2yue1Pronunciation
Cantonese (Yale): Hon Seui (Man-yeuk)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Hon Seoi (Man-joek)
Min-Nan: Han Swi (Bun-yak)

Birthplace: Jincheng

Rank and Titles

Reporting Officer; Assistant Officer; General Who Maintains the West in Peace (AD 192); General Who Gives Tranquility to the Submissive (AD 195); General Who Maintains the West in Peace

Family and Relationships

Ma Teng (Sworn Brother); Yan Xing (Son-in-law)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Never plotted against Ma Chao but continued to fight against Wei even after split.
  • Had a rift with Ma Teng and killed much of Ma Teng’s family.
  • Historically, did not lose his hand to Ma Chao.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 10, 21, 23, 44, 48, 5759, 120

Zizhi tongjian: 58-62, 65-67

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April 10, 2023