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Grandson Of A Eunuch 155–189

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In the mid-second century AD, the empire of Han was matched only by that of Rome, at the opposite end of the Eurasian continent. In the late 40s AD the founding Emperor Guangwu of Later Han had been fortunate enough to benefit from a succession quarrel among the Xiongnu, dominant tribespeople of the steppe. The Annals/Biography of Cao Cao in Sanguo zhi says that Cao Teng was descended from the Chancellor Cao Shen, adviser to the founding Emperor Gao of Former Han more than three hundred years before. The cult of Huang-Lao, popular during Han, claimed that the combination deity of the mythical Yellow Emperor and the sage Laozi could manifest itself from one generation to another. At the end of 184, even as the last resistance of the Yellow Turbans was being eliminated, a mutiny in the northwest triggered a widespread rebellion.

Keywords: Cao Cao; Emperor Gao; Later Han; Xiongnu; Yellow Turbans



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