Li Tong (Wenda)

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Li Tong
李通
Administrator of Runan (汝南太守)
In office
? (?) – 209 (209)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Chancellor Cao Cao (from 208)
Commandant of Yang'an (陽安都尉)
In office
? (?) – ? (?)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Major-General (裨將軍)
In office
? (?) – 209 (209)
Monarch Emperor Xian of Han
Personal details
Born 168[a]
Xinyang, Henan
Died 209 (aged 41)[a]
Jiangling County, Hubei
Children
  • Li Xu
  • Li Ji
Occupation General
Courtesy name Wenda (文達)
Posthumous name Marquis Gang (剛侯)
Peerage Marquis of a Chief Village (都亭侯)
Childhood name Wanyi (萬億)

Li Tong (168–209), courtesy name Wenda, was a military general serving under the warlord Cao Cao during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. Li Tong came to serve Cao Cao when the latter was at war with rival warlords Liu Biao and Zhang Xiu. During the battle of Battle of Nan Commandery in 208, Li Tong broke through the defence lines guarded by Guan Yu and supported Cao Ren at Jiangling. He fell sick during this time and eventually succumbed to illness. He had two sons: Li Xu (李緒) and Li Ji (李基).

In Romance of the Three Kingdoms[edit]

In the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Li Tong was defeated and slain by Ma Chao in a duel during the Battle of Tong Pass in 211.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Li Tong's biography in the Sanguozhi recorded that he died of illness around the time of the Battle of Jiangling in 209. He was 42 years old (by East Asian age reckoning) when he died.[1] By calculation, his year of birth should be 168.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (劉備與周瑜圍曹仁於江陵, ... 通道得病薨,時年四十二。) Sanguozhi vol. 18.