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Liang-Han zhaoling 兩漢詔令

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Liang-Han zhaoling 兩漢詔令 "Edicts and Decretes of the Two Han Dynasties" is a collection of imperial edicts from the Han period 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE) compiled by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholars Lin Lü 林慮 and Lou Fang 樓昉. The 23 juan "scrolls" long book is divided in to two parts, the Xihan zhaoling 西漢詔令 (12 juan), including edicts from the Western 西漢 or Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE) and compiled by Lu Lü, and the Donghan zhaoling 東漢詔令 (11 juan), compiled by Lou Fang who collected surviving edicts from the Eastern 東漢 or Later Han period 後漢 (25-220 CE).
The Northern Song period 北宋 (960-1126) scholar Lin Lü, courtesy name Lin Dezu 林德祖, hailed from Wujun 吳郡 (modern Suzhou 蘇州, Jiangsu), and was a clerk (yuan 掾) in the prefectural administration of the capital Kaifeng 開封 (modern Kaifeng, Henan). He began with his collection because he was very disappointed about the abbreviated mode with which many of Han edicts were quoted in historical records. His collection includes 401 documents and was published in 1109 (date of preface). The Southern Song period 南宋 (1127-1279) scholar Lou Fang, courtesy name Lou Yangshu 樓颺叔, added a collection of Eastern Han documents that was published in 1222. The whole collection is enriched by a treatise on the topic, Hong Zikui's 洪咨夔 Liang-Han zhaoling zonglun 兩漢詔令總論. The collection is to be found in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

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. 953.

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