Encyclopedia: Xun Yu

Xun Yu (Wenruo); Hsün Yü (Wên-jo); 荀彧 (文若)

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Xun Yu (Wenruo) 荀彧 (文若)

Lived: AD 163–212


Served: Han Fu, Yuan Shao, Wei

Cousin of Xun You. A very talented advisor under Cao Cao who helped stabilize China.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Hsün Yü (Wên-jo)
Simplified Chinese: 荀彧 (文若)
Pronunciation: Xun2 Yu4 (Wen2ruo4Pronunciation
Min-Nan: Shun Hiok (Bun-that)

Birthplace: Yinghang in Yingchuan

Name Notes: The reason we have Xun Yu and Xun “You” is because, though the sounds are the same (both Yu), they’re pronounced Yu4 and Yu1, the You idea, I suppose, comes in for foreign readers who cannot see the tones.

Rank and Titles

Filial and Incorrupt, Prefect of the Palace Guards (AD 189); Major (AD 191); Imperial Counsellor, Chief of the Imperial Secretariat; Marquis of Wansui Commune (AD 203); Imperial Household Grandee, Honorary Palace Attendant; Respectful Marquis (posthumous)

Family and Relationships

Xun Yan, Xun Chen (Elder Brothers); Xun Yun, Xun Can (Son); Xun You (Cousin); Xun Han, Xun Yi (Grandsons); Xun Shao, Xun Hong (Nephews)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 1012, 14, 1626, 30, 31, 37, 39, 40, 57, 60, 61, 68

Sanguozhi: Wei 10

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September 22, 2023