Encyclopedia: Zuo Botao

Zuo Botao; Tso Pot‘ao; 左伯桃

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Zuo Botao 左伯桃

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Served: Warring States, Historical

Warring States. Sacrificed himself so friend Yangjue Ai could survive a blizzard.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Tso Pot‘ao
Simplified Chinese: 左伯桃

Family and Relationships

Yangjue Ai (Friend)

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 26

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Historic (Confirmed)

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.” (From Moss Roberts’ notes in Romance of the Three Kingdoms

—Moss Roberts, Romance of the Three Kingdoms



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April 10, 2023