Wang Su

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Wang Su
Minister of Ceremonies (太常)
In office
? (?) – 256 (256)
Monarch Cao Fang / Cao Mao
Intendant of Henan (河南尹)
In office
? (?) – ? (?)
Monarch Cao Fang
Administrator of Guangping (廣平太守)
In office
240 (240) – ? (?)
Monarch Cao Fang
Personal details
Born 195
Died 256[1] (aged 61)
Father Wang Lang
Occupation Official
Courtesy name Ziyong (子雍)
Posthumous name Marquis Jing (景侯)
Peerage Marquis of Lanling

Wang Su (195–256),[2] courtesy name Ziyong, was an official and Confucian scholar in the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of China. He was a son of Wang Lang. When Guanqiu Jian started a rebellion in Shouchun, Wang Su advised Sima Shi to lower the rebels' morale by treating their families with respect. Following that, Wang Su entreated Cao Mao to allow Sima Zhao to succeed Sima Shi as regent of Wei.[3]

Wang Su's daughter, Wang Yuanji, married Sima Zhao and gave birth to Sima Yan, the first emperor of the Jin dynasty (265–420). Wang Su inherited the title and marquisate of Marquis of Lanling (蘭陵侯) from his father.[4]

Wang Su compiled the extant edition of the Kongzi Jiayu (School Sayings of Confucius), the sayings of Confucius not included in the Analects. Scholars long suspected it was a forgery by Wang Su,[2] but a book discovered in 1977 from the Shuanggudui tomb (sealed in 165 BCE), entitled Ru Jia Zhe Yan (儒家者言, Sayings of the Ru School), contains very similar content to the Kongzi Jiayu.[5]

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  1. ^ Wang Su's biography in the Sanguozhi mentioned that he died in the 1st year of the Ganlu era (256-260) in Cao Mao's reign. (甘露元年薨, ...)
  2. ^ a b Goldin, Paul Rakita (1999). Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi. Open Court Publishing. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-8126-9400-0. 
  3. ^ Sanguozhi vol. 13.
  4. ^ Jin Shu vol. 31.
  5. ^ Shaughnessy, Edward L. (2014). Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing ( I Ching) and Related Texts. Columbia University Press. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-231-16184-8.