Seven Scholars of Jian'an

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Seven scholars of Jian'an (建安七子), also translated as the "seven philosophers of Jian'an", or the "seven masters of Jian'an", is composed of seven Chinese intellectuals of the Eastern Han period. The name was coined by Cao Pi. "Jian'an" refers to the 196—220 period during the rulership of the Emperor Xian of Han. Known as the time of unrest preceding the Three Kingdoms era, the period gained popularity in the East Asian culture.

The seven scholars are Wang Can, Chen Lin, Ruan Yu (阮瑀), Liu Zhen (劉楨), Xu Gan, Ying Chang (應瑒), and Kong Rong.

Ruan Yu was the father of Ruan Ji, one of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.