A Chinese proverb, “speak of Cao Cao and he appears”, is the the equivalent of “speak of the devil” in English.
Cao Cao was the final chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty, who went on to form his own state during the political turmoil of the Three Kingdoms period.
He died in 220 AD in Luoyang, the capital of the Eastern Han dynasty, and was posthumously named Emperor of the Wei state that he founded.
In Chinese lore, a number of anecdotes tell of Cao Cao’s ruthlessness, cunning, and military and political acumen.
The tomb contains the remains of a man in his 60s, corresponding to Cao Cao’s age at his death, and two women.