Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:02 AM
Biography from Rafe De's book.
He's biographies are not very detailed on events though
Gongsun Du [Shengji] (d. 204); Liaodong > Xuanntu.
Son of Gongsun Yan, who had migrated to Xuantu from Liaodong, Gongsun Du held a junior post in Xuantu, but was then adopted by the Administrator Gongsun Yu, whose son Bao had died young: Gongsun Du's childhood name was also Bao, and he was the same age. Gongsun Yu arranged for Gongsun Du's marriage and further education.
In 169 Gongsun Du was nominated as Knowing the way. He came to court, responded to questions and was appointed a gentleman cadet, then joined the Imperial secretariat. He became Inspector of Ji province, but left on account of popular complaint and evidently held no office for some time.
in 189 Gongsun Du was recommended by Dong Zhuo's lieutenant Xu Rong, who also came from Xuantu, and Dong Zhuo named him Administrator of Liaodong. Though gentlemen of Liaodong had looked down upon him as a man from the frontier, Gongsun Du swiftly established his authority, killing several men of family, then expanded against Koguryo and the Wuhuan. he dominated the northeast from southern Manchuria to Liaoxi, and for a time also held position on the north of the Shandong peninsula. Styling himself Marquis of Liaodong and Governor of a new Ping province, he ruled independently, found auspicious omens and prophecies and usurped imperial ceremonial and regalia.
in 204 Cao Cao named Gongsun Du a general and marquis of a district: the latter title Gongsun Du naturally despised: he stored the insignia in h is arsenal. he died that year and was succeeded by his son Kang. - SGZ 8:252=253*, HHS 74/64B: 2418-19*; Gardiner 72A, Mather 76:543, deC 96:58-61.
With Strength To Lift Mountains And Spirit To Take On The World
Xiang Yu, Gai Xia Ge (Song)
Master Sun said
Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.
The highest form of warfare is to attack stratagy itself.