Sima Qian

Sima Qian (ca. 145 or 135 BC – 86 BC) (Wade-Giles spelling: Szu-ma Chien) was a Prefect of the Grand Scribes (Chinese: 太史公; taishigong or tai-shih-kung) of the Han Dynasty. He is the father of Chinese historiography for his work, Records of the Grand Historian, a "Jizhuanti"-style general history of China, covering more than two thousand years from the Yellow Emperor to Emperor Wu of Han. His work laid the foundation for later Chinese historiography.

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Records Of The Grand Historian - Transmission and Supplementation By Other Writers
91 BCE, the nearly completed manuscript was hidden in the residence of the daughter of Sima Qian, Sima Ying (司馬英), to avoid destruction under Emperor Wu and his immediate successor Emperor ... The Shiji was finally disseminated during the reign of Emperor Xuan by Sima Qian's grandson (through his daughter), Yang Yun (杨惲), after a hiatus of around twenty years. 91 BCE is established in the Letter to Ren'an, and Sima Qian himself gave the precise number of chapters for each section of his work in the postface to ...
List Of Chinese Inventions - Shang and Later - C
... Chopsticks The historian Sima Qian (145–86 BC) wrote in the Records of the Grand Historian that King Zhou of Shang was the first to make chopsticks out of ivory in the 11th century BC the ... According to Sima Qian (145–86 BC) in his Records of the Grand Historian (compiled by 91 BC), the canal project was initiated to effectively send supplies of grain south to the armies of Zhao Tuo in the ... to 1st centuries BC) and the Records of the Grand Historian (published in 91 BC) by Sima Qian (145–86 BC) ...
Books About Sima Qian in English
... Burton Watson (1958) Ssu-ma Ch'ien Grand Historian of China ... New York Columbia University Press ...
The Methods Of The Sima - Authorship - Sima Rangju
... One of the alternative names for the book is "The Methods of Sima Rangju", based on Sima Qian's description of the work as being largely attributed to the famous fourth-century BC Qi general Sima Rangju ... Sima Qian states that, after Sima Rangju's death, King Wei of Qi (r.356-320 BC) compiled all of the most famous military writings then extant in Qi, of which the writings ... According to Sima Qian, the resulting book was the Methods of the Sima ...
Terracotta Army - Background
... According to historian Sima Qian (145–90 BC), work on this mausoleum began in 246 BC soon after Emperor Qin ascended the throne (then aged 13), and the full construction later involved 700,000 ... Sima Qian, in his most famous work, Shiji, completed a century after the mausoleum completion, wrote that the First Emperor was buried with palaces, towers, officials ... in the soil of the tomb mound, giving some credence to Sima Qian's account of the emperor's tomb ...