Yuan Xi (died 207), courtesy name Xianyi or Xianyong, was a Chinese military general, politician, and warlord. He was the second son of Yuan Shao, a warlord who controlled much of northern China during the late Eastern Han dynasty.[1]

Yuan Xi
Inspector of You Province (幽州刺史)
In office
? (?)–207 (207)
MonarchEmperor Xian of Han
Personal details
Liaoyang, Liaoning
Spouse(s)Lady Zhen
OccupationMilitary general, politician, warlord
Courtesy nameXianyi (顯奕) /
Xianyong (顯雍)


Yuan Shuji, a Tang dynasty chancellor, was a descendant of Yuan Xi.

In Romance of the Three KingdomsEdit

Yuan Xi was described in the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms as "intelligent but weak and indecisive", in contrast to his older brother Yuan Tan, who was described as "brave but impulsive and violent". After the combined forces of Yuan Xi and his younger brother Yuan Shang was defeated in battle against Cao Cao in the follow-up battles after the Battle of Guandu, he fled to Liaodong with Yuan Shang and stayed with administrator Gongsun Kang, hoping to one day take over Gongsun's forces and have their revenge on Cao Cao. However, they were themselves betrayed and were killed in an ambush set up by Gongsun, who instead wanted to join Cao's forces.

Yuan Xi's wife, Lady Zhen, was taken as wife by Cao Cao's son, Cao Pi, while Yuan Xi still lived.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b de Crespigny (2007), p. 1014.
  • Chen, Shou (3rd century). Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi).
  • de Crespigny, Rafe (2007). A Biographical Dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms 23-220 AD. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004156050.
  • Fan, Ye (5th century). Book of the Later Han (Houhanshu).
  • Pei, Songzhi (5th century). Annotations to Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi zhu).
  • Sima, Guang (1084). Zizhi Tongjian.