Li Tong (Three Kingdoms)

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Li Tong
General of Cao Cao
Born 168[1]
Died 209 (aged 41)[1]
Traditional Chinese 李通
Simplified Chinese 李通
Pinyin Lǐ Tōng
Wade–Giles Li T'ung
Courtesy name Wenda (traditional Chinese: 文達; simplified Chinese: 文达; pinyin: Wéndá; Wade–Giles: Wen-ta)
Posthumous name Marquis Gang (traditional Chinese: 剛侯; simplified Chinese: 刚侯; pinyin: Gāng Hóu; Wade–Giles: Kang Hou)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Li Tong (168–209),[1] courtesy name Wenda, was a military general serving under the warlord Cao Cao in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. Li Tong came to serve Cao Cao when the latter was at war with rival warlords Liu Biao and Zhang Xiu. During the battle of Battle of Nan Commandery in 208, Li Tong broke through the defence lines guarded by Guan Yu and reinforced Cao Ren at Jiangling.

Appointments and titles held[edit]

  • General of the Household Who Inspires Might (振威中郎將)
  • Major-General (裨將軍)
  • Marquis Who Acquires Merit (建功侯)
  • Commandant of Yang'an (陽安都尉)
  • Marquis of a Chief Village (都亭侯)
  • Administrator of Runan (汝南太守)
  • Marquis Gang (剛侯) - granted to Li Tong posthumously

In fiction[edit]

In Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Li Tong was defeated and slain by Ma Chao in a duel during the Battle of Tong Pass.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Li Tong's biography in Records of the Three Kingdoms mentioned that Li died of illness around the time of the Battle of Jiangling in 209. He was 42 years old (by East Asian age reckoning) when he died. (劉備與周瑜圍曹仁於江陵, ... 通道得病薨,時年四十二。) By calculation, his birth year should be around 168.