Gao Rou

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Gao Rou
Minister of Cao Wei
Born 174[1]
Died 263 (aged 89)[1]
Traditional Chinese 高柔
Simplified Chinese 高柔
Pinyin Gāo Róu
Wade–Giles Kao Jou
Courtesy name Wenhui (Chinese: 文惠; pinyin: Wénhuì; Wade–Giles: Wen-hui)
Posthumous name Marquis Yuan (Chinese: 元侯; pinyin: Yuán Hóu; Wade–Giles: Yüan Hou)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Gao.

Gao Rou (174-263),[1] courtesy name Wenhui, was a minister of the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period. He was a younger cousin of Gao Gan. He previously served under the warlords Yuan Shao and Cao Cao in the late Eastern Han Dynasty.

Appointments and titles held[edit]

  • Chief of Ying County (菅縣長)
  • Officer Who Attacks the Wicked (刺奸令史)
  • Gentleman of the Imperial Secretariat (尚書郎)
  • Managing Official to the Chancellor (丞相理曹掾)
  • Administrator of Yingchuan (潁川太守)
  • Law Official (法曹掾)
The following appointments and titles were held by Gao Rou when he served the state of Cao Wei
  • Imperial Clerk Preparer of Documents (治書侍御史)
  • Secondary Marquis (關內侯)
  • Minister of Justice (廷尉)
  • Marquis of Yanshou Village (延壽亭侯)
  • Minister of Ceremonies (太常)
  • Excellency of Works (司空)
  • Excellency over the Masses (司徒)
  • Marquis of Wansui District (萬歲鄉侯)
  • Marquis of Anguo (安國侯)
  • Grand Commandant (太尉)
  • Marquis Yuan (元侯) - granted to Gao Rou posthumously

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gao Rou's biography in Records of the Three Kingdoms mentioned that Gao died at the age of 90 (by East Asian age reckoning) in the 4th year of the Jingyuan era (260-264) in Cao Huan's reign. (景元四年,年九十薨,謚曰元侯。) By calculation, his birth year should be around 174.