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Sun Ce (Bofu); Sun Ts‘ê (Po-fu); 孫策 (伯符)

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Sun Ce (Bofu) 孫策 (伯符)

Lived: AD 175–200


Served: Yuan Shu, Wu

Sun Jian’s oldest son. Built the foundation of the Wu kingdom.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Sun Ts‘ê (Po-fu)
Simplified Chinese: 孙策 (伯符)
Pronunciation: Sun1 Ce4 (Bo2fu2Pronunciation
Min-Nan: Sun Cek (Pek-hu)

Birthplace: Fu Chun County, Wu Prefecture
(Presently Fu Yang in Zhe Jiang Province)

Rank and Titles

Colonel Who Cherishes Righteousness (AD 194); Colonel Who Breaks the Enemy Lines, General Who Destroys the Criminals; Grand Administrator of Huiqi (self-proclaimed); General Who Exterminates the Rebels, Marquis of Wu; ‘Accomplished Talent’; King Huan of Changsha (posthumous)

Family and Relationships

Sun Jian (Father); Lady Wu (Mother); Sun Quan, Sun Yi, Sun Kuang, Sun Lang (Brothers); Lady Sun [Sun Shangxiang] (Sister); Lady Sun (Daughter)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Sun Ce did not give the Imperial Seal to Yuan Shu, nor did he ever have the Seal in his possession.
  • Sun Ce never allied with Yuan Shao to attack Cao Cao.
  • It’s highly debatable whether or not Sun Ce killed the mystic Gan Ji.
  • Sun Ce was not harassed to death by the mystic Gan Ji.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 7, 8, 1518, 21, 28, 29, 38, 42, 44, 48, 57, 68, 82, 83, 97, 120

Sanguozhi: Wu 1

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February 17, 2023