Encyclopedia: Yangjue Ai

Yangjue Ai; Yangchüeh Ai; 羊角哀

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Yangjue Ai 羊角哀

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Served: Warring States, Historical

Warring States. Survived a snowstorm through friend Zuo Botao’s sacrifice.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Yangchüeh Ai
Simplified Chinese: 羊角哀

Family and Relationships

Zuo Botao (Friend)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 26

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Historic (Confirmed)

Yangjue Ai is an historic figure from the Warring States period of Chinese history (481/403 BC–221 BC) and, along with his friend Zuo Botao, is referenced in the novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Two friends, Zuo Botao and Yangjue Ai, were bond for Chu in search of office when a snowstorm overtook them. There was not enough food and clothing to keep both alive, so Zuo Botao sacrificed himself, giving his share to Yangjue Ai. Later, Yangjue Ai became an official. He searched for and found Zuo Boat’s remains, interred them, and then killed himself to demonstrate his loyalty to his friend’s memory. (1)

1: Excerpt: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (2004), Moss Roberts



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April 10, 2023