Li Dian 李典 was a man with scholarly interests and a general who served the warlord Cao Cao during the Three Kingdoms era.


Li Dian, styled Mancheng, was a man of Juye, Shanyang. He and his father, Li Qian, had heroic qualities and being host to about a thousand families, lived in Cheng Shi. In the middle of (the reign of) Chuping (A.D. 190–193), Li Dian along with many went to follow the Grand Ancestor (Cao Cao), breaking the Yellow Turbans at Shouzhang. And again, he was involved in the attack against Yuan Shu and the conquering of Xuzhou.


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  1. de Crespigny. A Biographical Dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms, biography of Li Dian.


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