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Bao Xuan 鮑宣

Feb 2, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Bao Xuan 鮑宣, courtesy name Zidu 子都, was a minister of the late Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE). He hailed from Bohai 渤海 (modern Songzi 松滋, Hubei) and occupied several small offices in the local government.

Bao Xuan was known as knowledgeable in the Confucian Classics and was therefore promoted to court gentleman for consultation (yilang 議郎). During the reign of Emperor Ai 漢哀帝 (r. 7-1 BCE) he became Grand Master of Remonstrance (jian dafu 諫大夫) and metropolitan commandant (sili xiaowei 司隸校尉). He submitted several memorials to the throne that were famous for their conciseness and truthfulness.

During the reign of Emperor Ping 漢平帝 (r. 1 BCE-5 CE), he was arrested by the regent and eventual usurper Wang Mang 王莽 and committed suicide in jail.

Cang Xiuliang 倉修良, ed. (1996). Hanshu cidian 漢書辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 1031.