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The Yuanjing 元經 "Classic of the grand origin" is a history of the Southern and Northern Dynasties period 南北朝 (300~600) compiled by the Sui period 隋 (581-618) writer Wang Tong 王通 (584-618). There is a commentary written by Xue Shou 薛收 and one by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) historian Ruan Yi 阮逸. Wang Tong has also written the political treatise Zhongshuo 中說. The 10 (according to Ma Duanlin 馬端臨, 15) juan "scrolls" long Yuanjing is a chronological history from the Western Jin period 西晉 (265-316) to the beginning of the Sui period. In the last juan, the history of the Sui dynasty is narrated. This chapter was compiled by Xue Shou. The scholars Chao Gongwu 晁公武 and Chen Zhensun 陳振孫 rate the Yuanjing as a forgery by Ruan Yi.
The Yuanjing is included in the collectanea Han-Wei congshu 漢魏叢書, Guang Han-Wei congshu 廣漢魏叢書, Zengding Han-Wei congshu 增訂漢魏叢書, and Siku quanshu 四庫全書. There are several prints from the Ming period 明 (1368-1644), as well as a Qing period 清 (1644-1911) print by the Saoye shanfang Studio 掃葉山房.
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. 885.
1. [西]晉太熙元年[起] Chronicle of the years 290-306 CE
2. [西]晉懷帝永嘉元年[起] 307-317
3. 東晉元帝太興元年[起] 318-325
4. [東]晉成帝咸和元年[起] 326-342
5. 東晉康帝建元元年[起] 343-370
6. [東晉]簡文帝咸安元年[起] 371-396
7. [東晉]安帝隆安元年[起] 397-419
8. 宋高祖武帝永初元年[起] 420-479 (Southern Dynasties)
9. 後魏孝文帝太和四年[起] 480-589 (Northern Dynasties, year tables)
10. 隋文帝開皇十年[起] 590-617 (Sui, year tables)
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