Chen Shou

Chen Shou
Chen Shou
Historian of Jin Dynasty
Born 233
Died 297
Simplified Chinese 陈寿
Traditional Chinese 陳壽
Pinyin Chén Shòu
Wade-Giles Ch'en Shou
Style name Chengzuo

Chen Shou (233–297) was a historian during the Jin Dynasty period of Chinese history. He is best known as the author of Records of Three Kingdoms, a historical account of the late Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms period.



Chen was born in Nanchong, Sichuan. He served as an official in the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. His father was said to be Chen Shi, a military general of Shu Han, who once had his beard shaved off as a penalty by order of the chancellor Zhuge Liang, after a campaign that failed due to a shortsighted strategy by its commander, Ma Su. After the fall of Shu Han in 263, he served as a historian in the Jin Dynasty. In 274, he collected the writings of Zhuge Liang.[1]

Appointments and titles held

  • Filial and Incorrupt (孝廉) - nominated candidate to be a Gentleman Cadet (郎)
  • Gentleman Cadet of Literary Works (著作郎)
  • Prefect of Yangping (陽平令)

See also

  • List of people of the Three Kingdoms


  1. ^ Roberts 1991, pg. 946