The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records

The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records

by Sima Qian
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199574391
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/02/2009
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,184,313
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

The late Raymond Dawson was Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and author of a number of publications on China, including Confucius and the OWC edition of Confucius' analects.

K. E. Brashier is Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College.

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