The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records

The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records

by Sima Qian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199226342

ISBN-13: 9780199226344

Pub. Date: 07/13/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. He describes the Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as…  See more details below

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The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. He describes the Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as well as the political and often brutal events that led to the founding of the dynasty and its aftermath. Sima Qian recounts the building of the Great Wall, the 'burning of the books', and the construction of the First Emperor's magnificent tomb, a tomb now world famous since the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974. Sima Qian's love of anecdote ensures that his history is never dull, and Raymond Dawson's fluent translation captures his lively and vivid style. Chronicling recent archaeological developments and questioning Sima Qian's biases, K. E. Brashier's preface highlights the importance of the Grand Historiographer's account and Dawson's translation in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199226344
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/13/2007
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

The Birth of the First Emperor

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