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Liu Quli 劉屈氂

Jan 24, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Liu Quli 劉屈氂 (d. 90 CE), also written 釐 or 𨤲, was a high official during the mid-Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE).

He was a son of Liu Sheng 劉勝, Prince Jing of Zhongshan 中山靖王. During the reign of Emperor Wu 漢武帝 (r. 141-87 BCE) he was appointed governor (taishou 太守) of the commandery of Zhuojun 涿郡 and became successor of Gongsun He 公孫賀 as Counsellor-in-chief (chengxiang 丞相) in 91 BCE. At the same time he was given the title of Marquis of Peng 澎侯 (or Pengcheng 彭城侯).

When Prince Li 戾太子 rebelled against his father after being charged with sorcery against his father, Liu Quli put down his insurgence. Yet only a year later the eunuch Guo Rang 郭穰 accused his wife with the same charge of sorcery, so that Liu was put into jail and executed.

Cang Xiuliang 倉修良, ed. (1996). Hanshu cidian 漢書辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 977.