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Jigupian 稽古篇

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Jigupian 稽古篇 "Book of research into antiquity" is an alternative history of China's pre-imperial history written by the late Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Guo Zhiqi 郭之奇. Guo Zhiqi was an adherent of the Ming dynasty and served in high position of a princely establishment. He continued to serve the Ming after 1644 and followed her princes down into the south as a high member of the civilian administration.
The 55 juan "scrolls" long book is an alternative history of China's age of antiquity, the history before the foundation of the Qin empire 秦 (221-206 BC) in 221 BCE. For all rulers and their most important ministers, Guo Zhiqi compiled tables and biographies. The part describing the time before the Xia period 夏 (17th-15th cent. BCE) are copied from the histories Lushi 路史 and Shantong 禪通. For the other dynasties, Xia, Shang 商 (17th-11th cent. BCE) and Zhou 周 (11th cent.-221 BCE), Guo relied on the sources of the Shiji 史記 and the Hanshu 漢書.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 929.


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