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Zheng Hong 鄭弘

Jan 24, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Zheng Hong 鄭弘, courtesy name Zhiqing 穉卿, was a high official of the late Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE).

He hailed from Taishan 泰山 (modern Ningyang 寧陽, Shandong) and loved studying the various writings of the masters, and also books on law. His first office was that of governor (taishou 太守) of the commandery of Nanyang 南陽, but he was soon promoted to counsellor (xiang 相) of the Prince of Huaiyang 淮陽. During the reign of Emperor Yuan 漢元帝 (r. 49-33 BCE) he was promoted to governor of Youfufeng 右扶風, in 42 BCE to Censor-in-chief (yushi dafu 御史大夫). He was stripped off his rank in 37 BCE because of some offence, and retired from public service.

Cang Xiuliang 倉修良, ed. (1996). Hanshu cidian 漢書辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 990.