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Yuan Shu 袁術 was minor warlord during the final years of the Later Han dynasty and an emperor of his own dynasty called Zhong, the first dynasty founded near the end of Han. Founding his own dynasty did not make Yuan Shu popular among his contemporaries. A campaign was launched against him and about two years after founding Zhong Yuan Shu died, and with him his dynasty.

History of the Later Han official biographyEdit

Records of the Three Kingdoms official biographyEdit

Yuan Shu style name Gonglu was the son of the Excellency of Works (sīkōng 司空), and was the younger brother of [Yuan] Shao [袁]紹. He had a heroic spirit. He was recommended Filial and Incorrupt (xiàolián 孝廉) He went on to serve office within Wai. He later served as Ram Repelling Company Commander (zhéchōng xiàowèi 折衝校尉) and General of the Household Rapid as a Tiger (hǔbēn zhōnglángjiāng 虎賁中郎將). When Dong Zhuo took over the Emperor he appointed [Yuan] Shu as General of the Rear (hòu jiāngjūn 候將軍). Shu, however, feared [Dong] Zhuo and fled to Nanyang [commandery]. There, Shu met the Grand Administrator of Changsha commandery, Sun Jian 孫堅, and they killed the Grand Administrator of Nanyang commandery, Zhang Zi.


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  • Chen Shou 陳壽 (233–297). Sanguo zhi 三國志 “Records of the Three Kingdoms”, with official commentary compiled by Pei Songzhi 裴松之 (372-451).

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