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Ding Mi 丁謐

Jul 13, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

Ding Mi 丁謐 (d. 249 CE), courtesy name Yanjing 彥靖, was a high minister of the empire of Wei 曹魏 (220-265), one of the Three Kingdoms 三國 (220-280).

He came from the princedom of Pei 沛 (modern Peixian 沛縣, Jiangsu) and was admired as a honest and talented person. Therefore he was appointed Vice Minister of Revenue (duzhi langzhong 度支郎中) and became an important advisor of the regent Cao Shuang 曹爽. As a such he rose the ladder of career to the post of cavalier attendant-in-ordinary (sanji changshi 散騎常侍) and finally Director of the Imperial Secretariat (shangshuling 尚書令).

Ding Mi was executed when Sima Yi 司馬懿 killed Cao Shuang and usurped the regency of the empire, and his family was extinguished. Sima Yi's grandson Sima Yan 炎 (Emperor Wu of the Jin 晉武帝, r. 265-289) would eventually overthrow the Wei and found the Jin dynasty 晉 (265-420).

Zhang Shunhui 張舜徽, ed. (1992). Sanguozhi cidian 三國志辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 4.