Chen Zhen (Three Kingdoms)
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|Minister of the Guards (衛尉)|
229 – 235
|Prefect of the Masters of Writing (尚書令)|
225 – 229
|Master of Writing (尚書)|
225 – 225
|Administrator of Jianwei (犍為太守)|
? – ?
|Administrator of Wenshan (汶山太守)|
? – ?
|Commandant of the North District of Shu Commandery (蜀郡北部都尉)|
214 – ?
|Courtesy name||Xiaoqi (孝起)|
|Peerage||Marquis of Chengyang Village (城陽亭侯)|
Chen Zhen was from Nanyang Commandery, which is around present-day Nanyang, Henan. When Liu Bei became Governor of Jing Province, Chen Zhen was hired to serve as a local officer and was stationed in various commanderies. When Liu Bei entered Yi Province (covering present-day Sichuan and Chongqing), Chen Zhen remained in his service, where he progressed in rank and soon became Prefect of the Masters of Writing at the capital. When Sun Quan declared himself emperor and established the state of Eastern Wu in 229, Liu Shan sent Chen Zhen to offer his congratulations and to form an alliance, which he did, and they also drew out their respective states' boundaries. When he died in 235, his son Chen Ji succeeded him.
In Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Chen Zhen first appears in the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms as a subordinate of the warlord Yuan Shao. His actions under Yuan Shao are not unlike his duties with Liu Bei, where he performs diplomatic tasks such as delivering Liu Bei's letter to Guan Yu in Luoyang, and meeting with Sun Ce to request aid against Cao Cao. Also in the novel, it was he who suggested to Liu Bei that he meet the seer Li Yi (李意) while mourning the deaths of his brothers.
- Chen Zhen's biography in the Sanguozhi stated that he died in the 13th year of the Jianxing era (223-237) in Liu Shan's reign. (十三年，震卒。)
- Chen, Shou (3rd century). Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi), Volume 39, Biography of Liu Ba.
- Pei, Songzhi (5th century). Annotations to Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi zhu).
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