Encyclopedia: Zheng Xuan

Zheng Xuan (Kangcheng); Chêng Hsüan (K‘-ang-ch‘êng); 鄭玄 (康成)

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Zheng Xuan (Kangcheng) 鄭玄 (康成)

Lived: AD 127–200

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Served: Miscellaneous, Han, Tao Qian, Yuan Shao, Wei

Loved wine, a leading scholar of his day but hated court life. Had many students.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Chêng Hsüan (K‘-ang-ch‘êng)
Simplified Chinese: 郑玄 (康成)
Pronunciation: Zheng4 Xuan2 (Kang1cheng2)
Min-Nan: The Hian (Kong-seng)

Birthplace: Beihai

Rank and Titles

District Head

Family and Relationships

Diwu Yuan, Zhang Gongzu, Ma Rong (Teachers); Liu Bei, Chi Lu (Students); Zheng Yan (Son); Zheng Xiaotong (Grandson)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 1, 22

Sanguozhi: Wei 1, Wei 2, Wei 3, Wei 4, Wei 6, Wei 11, Wei 12, Wei 13, Wei 14, Wei 22


Sanguo Yanyi

When Liu Bei turned fifteen his mother sent him away to serve under Zheng Xuan and Lu Zhi as masters in an effort to further his education. He stayed with them for some time, and forged a friendship that would come into play later in his life (he would meet Lu Zhi again). He also met and became great friends with Gongsun Zan.



Novel and History

Officers and Kingdoms

Literature and Language


April 10, 2023