Wei Zhao (Three Kingdoms)

Wei Zhao (Three Kingdoms)

Wei Zhao (Three Kingdoms)

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Wei Zhao (204 – 273), style name Hongsi (弘嗣), was a scholar and politician of Eastern Wu during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history.

Due to the naming taboo, Wei Zhao, who had the same name as Sima Zhao, a posthumously conferred emperor of Jin Dynasty, was recorded as Wei Yao (韋曜) in Chen Shou's Records of Three Kingdoms.

Wei Zhao was the first president (博士祭酒) of the Imperial Nanking University, appointed by Sun Xiu, Emperor Jing, in the first year of Yong'an reign (CE 258).

Wei Zhao is the chief editor of the official Book of Wu. When compiling the history book, he refused emperor Sun Hao's requests which infringe the principle of history, and his insistence in the correctness of history eventually led to his killing by Sun Hao. His has several famous works including Annotations to Guoyu (國語注), Argument and Interpretation of Names (辯釋名).

Wei Zhao's tomb is located near East Street, Yanling Town, Danyang County, Jiangsu. The Wei Zhao Temple (韋昭祠), a memorial to him along with his former residence, is also located near there.

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