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Zhou Xie 周緤

Sep 12, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Zhou Xie 周緤 (d. 175 BCE), known as Marquis of Kuaicheng 蒯成侯, was an advisor of Liu Bang 劉邦 (Han Gaozu 漢高祖, r. 206-195 BCE), the founder of the Han dynasty 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE).

He hailed from Pei 沛 (modern Peixian 沛縣, Jiangsu) and was an early follower of Liu Bang. After the conquest of the capital of the Qin empire 秦 (221-206 BCE), Zhou Xie was given a small territory in the metropolitan area. He played an important part in armistice negotiations during the war between Liu Bang and the hegemonial king Xiang Yu 項羽. In 202, Liu Bang adopted the title of emperor and gave Zhou Xie the title of Marquis of Xinwu 信武侯.

When Chen Xi 陳豨 rebelled against the emperor, Zhou Xie suggested Liu Bang not to personally conduct the campaign. He was for all his loyalty shifed to the Marquisate of Kuaicheng 蒯成. His posthumous title is Marquis Zhi 制侯 (might be an error of: Zhen 貞).

Cang Xiuliang 倉修良, ed. (1996). Hanshu cidian 漢書辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 404.