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Li Guangli 李廣利

Sep 27, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Li Guangli 李廣利 (died 88 BCE) was a high official and military leader of the mid-Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE).

He hailed from Zhongshan 中山 (modern Dingxian 定縣, Hebei) and was the older brother of Emperor Wu's 漢武帝 (r. 141-87 BCE) consort Lady Li 李夫人. Li Guangli was appointed General of Nishi 貳師將軍 when he attacked the city the same name, capital of the kingdom of Dayuan 大宛 in the Ferghana Basin in the far West. He conquered the city and installed a certain "Meicai 昧蔡" as the new king. He was therefore given the title of Marquis of Haixi 海西侯.

Li Guangli was killed during a campaign against the steppe federation of the Xiongnu 匈奴.

Cang Xiuliang 倉修良, ed. (1996). Hanshu cidian 漢書辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 298.