Encyclopedia: Xun You

Xun You (Gongda); Hsün Yu (Kung-ta); 荀攸 (公達)

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Xun You (Gongda) 荀攸 (公達)

Lived: AD 157–214


Served: Han, Dong Zhuo, Wei

Xun Yu’s cousin. Advisor of Cao Cao who provided valuable strategies.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Hsün Yu (Kung-ta)
Simplified Chinese: 荀攸 (公达)
Pronunciation: Xun2 You1 (Gong1da2Pronunciation
Min-Nan: Shun Yu (Kong-tat)

Name Notes: His name is pronounced differently from Xun Yu’s.

Rank and Titles

Gentleman in Attendance of the Yellow Gates; Grand Administrator of Shu Commandery; Master of the Army; Prefect of the Masters of Writing

Family and Relationships

Xun Yu (Cousin); Xun Shang (Great Uncle)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 10, 14, 18, 19, 23, 26, 30, 3234, 41, 42, 46, 48, 59, 66

Zizhi tongjian: 59

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September 22, 2023