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Li Ren (Dexian); Li Jên (Tê-hsien); 李仁 (德賢)

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Li Ren (Dexian) 李仁 (德賢)

Lived: AD ?–c.220

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Served: Miscellaneous, Shu

Studied in Nanyang, was widely read and an expert in many fields.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Li Jên (Tê-hsien)
Simplified Chinese: 李仁 (德贤)
Pronunciation: Li3 Ren2 (De2xian2)
Cantonese (Yale): Lei Yan (Dak-yin)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Lei Jan (Dak-jin)
Min-Nan: Li Jin (Tek-hian)

Birthplace: Guanghan

Rank and Titles

Appointed in the Provincial Office; Royal Secretariat

Family and Relationships

Li Zhuan (Son); Yin Mo (Colleague); Song Zhong, Sima Hui (Mentor)

Literary Appearances

Sanguozhi: Shu 12


Historic (Confirmed)

Li Ren, styled Dexian, was a colleague of Yin Mo. Together they travelled to Nanyang to study under Song Zhong and Sima Hui. Li Ren was widely read in the classics and philosophers and was also an expert in archery, medicine, mechanics, mathematics and divination by numbers.

Li Ren was appointed in the provincial office under Liu Bei, who he later served as royal Secretariat. He died sometime around AD 220. (1)

(1): A Bibliographical Dictionary of the Later Han to Three Kingdoms.



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April 10, 2023