Song Chao

Song Chao (宋朝) was a minister of the state of Wei who was famous for his good looks. He is said to have used his appearance in order to attract the favor of Nanzi (南子), the (allegedly) scheming and promiscuous consort of the notorious Duke Ling of Wei (衛靈公).

Confucius may have met him when he visited Wei during after leaving his home state of Lu for exile in 496 BC, and was suspicious of his “beauty”.

Appearances in the Analects of Confucius
Book 6, Chapter XVI

Book 6
Chapter XVI
子曰:「不有祝鮀之佞,而有宋朝之美,難乎免於今之世矣。」
Confucius said: “It’s difficult to survive in an age like ours without the smooth tongue of Priest Tuo and the beauty of Song Chao.”

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