Fall 2015

Eastern Classics Preceptorial 1

August 31 – October 22, 2015

 

Title:  Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji)

 

Tutors: Patricia Greer or Julie Reahard

 

Description:  Sima Qian’s Shi Ji is the first major work of Chinese history and set the standard for all later histories. Sima Qian tells all of China’s history from its legendary foundations up to his own day (~ 100 BC), gives vivid descriptions of major events and figures, and makes a major contribution to the development of narrative Chinese prose. 

First Assignment:  “The Five Emperors, Basic Annals One” & “The Hsia, Basic Annals Two” (pp. 1-40 of the Nienhauser photocopy available in the Bookstore. The footnotes are unnecessary to read.)

Texts

Xerox: “The Grand Scribe’s Records” Vol. I, Nienhauser, Jr. trans. (pp. 1-86)

 

Watson, Burton, tr., Records of the Grand Historian, Columbia U. Press

            1.  Qin Dynasty            ISBN:  0231081693

            2.  Han Dynasty I        ISBN:  0231081650

            3.  Han Dynasty II       ISBN:  0231081677

 

 

Shi Ji Chapter                                 Watson Page Nos.

1.  1-2                                            Nienhauser, Vol. 1

2.  3-4                                            Nienhauser, Vol. 1                         

3.  6                                               (Qin, pp. 35-83)

4.  15, 61, 68, 79                            pp.  85-99, 131-157  (photocopy of section 61)

5.  85-88, 126                                 pp. 159-216  + Sima Qian’s Letter to Ren An

6.  48, 7                                          Han I:  pp. 1-48

7.  8, 16                                          pp. 51-88

8.  53, 55, 56                                   pp. 91-128

9.  89-91                                         pp. 131-162

10.  92-94                                       pp. 163-202

11.  9-12, 106                                  pp. 267-319, 403-422

12.  28                                            Han II:  pp. 3-52

13.  110                                          pp. 129-162

14.  117                                          pp. 259-306

15.  121, 119, 122                           pp.  355-407

16. 124, 125, 127, 129                     pp. 409-454