Encyclopedia: Zhan Qian

Zhan Qian (Yanhuang); Chan Ch‘ien (Yen-huang); 棧潛 (彥皇)

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Zhan Qian (Yanhuang) 棧潛 (彥皇)

Lived: Unlisted

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Served: Wei

Opposed Cao Pi’s love of hunting and marriage of love to Empress Guo.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Chan Ch‘ien (Yen-huang)
Simplified Chinese: 栈潜 (彦皇)
Pronunciation: Zhan4 Qian2 (Yan4huang2)
Cantonese (Yale): Jaan Chim (Yin-wong)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Zaan Cim (Jin-wong)

Birthplace: Rencheng

Zhan Qian (Yanhuang)


Historic (Confirmed)

Zhan Qian was initially an ordinary county magistrate. He later joined the court of Cao Pi. Zhan Qian tried to dissuade Cao Pi from rampant hunting, and then later argued against his decision to make the lowly Lady Guo his Empress. When Cao Rui was Emperor, Zhan Qian protested the large amount of corvee labor that Cao Rui used. After this, he later grew ill and died. His many protests were not well-received, and he only held a low ranking in court.

Source: Biographical Dictionary of the Later-Han to Three Kingdoms by Dr. Rafe de Crespigny



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April 10, 2023