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Lu Zhi (Han dynasty)

Lu Zhi
Master of Writing (尚書)
In office
? (?) – 189 (189)
MonarchEmperor Ling of Han
North General of the Household (北中郎將)
In office
184 (184) – 184 (184)
MonarchEmperor Ling of Han
Consultant (議郎)
In office
? (?) – ? (?)
MonarchEmperor Ling of Han
Administrator of Lujiang (廬江太守)
In office
? (?) – ? (?)
MonarchEmperor Ling of Han
Administrator of Jiujiang (九江太守)
In office
175 (175) – ? (?)
MonarchEmperor Ling of Han
Academician (博士)
In office
? (?) – ? (?)
MonarchEmperor Ling of Han
Personal details
Zhuozhou, Hebei
  • Lu Yu
  • three other sons
Relativessee Lu family of Fanyang
OccupationGeneral, official, scholar
Courtesy nameZigan (子幹)

Lu Zhi (159–192),[1] courtesy name Zigan, was a Chinese general, government official, and scholar during the Eastern Han dynasty. According to the records of the Three kingdoms, he was the mentor of Liu Bei, and was described as a tall man (approximately 1.89 metres) with deep voice.


Lu Zhi was born in Zhuo Commandery (涿, Zhuōjùn; present-day Zhuozhou, Hebei) in AD 159.[1] He studied under Ma Rong and Zheng Xuan was one of his classmates.[2]

He was among the most preëminent scholars of the area, known for his study of texts on Chinese rituals and his assistance in compiling the History of the Eastern Han (t , s , Dōngguān Hànjì).[1] His students included Gao You, later a scholarly commentator on Chinese classics;[1] Liu Bei, later the king of Shu during the Three Kingdoms;[3] his relative Liu Deran;[3] and Gongsun Zan, later a regional warlord.[3] While in the service of the Han government, Lu Zhi led imperial forces to attack the Yellow Turban rebels in 184 but was removed from command after a eunuch Zuo Feng (左豐) made false accusations against him. Lu Zhi then later served as a Master of Writing and warned against Dong Zhuo's sudden displacement of Emperor Shao.


Lu Zhi's son, Lu Yu, later served in the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period.

See also



  1. ^ a b c d Knoblock & al. (2000), p. 671.
  2. ^ Coblin (1983).
  3. ^ a b c Chen Shou, "Biography of the Former Lord", Records of the Three Kingdoms. (in Chinese)