2015-2016 School of Chinese Seminar
New Findings from the Study of the Qin and Han Bamboo and Wooden Slips Collected by the Peking University
朱鳳瀚教授 Professor Zhu Fenghan
北京大學歷史系 History Department, Peking University
Date and Time: October 15, 2015 (Thursday); 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Between late 2009 to early 2010, the Peking University purchased two batches of Qin and Han bamboo and wooden slips from abroad, which are dated to the years of Emperor Qinshi Huang and Emperor Hanwu respectively. The Western Han manuscripts consist of a number of valuable texts that had been lost for centuries, including the “Cangjie pian” (an important dictionary lost for over 800 years), the Western Han Laozi(the most complete Laozi text dated between the Mawangdui and extant versions), the“Zhao Zheng shu” (a text of late Qin historical events different from the those in the “Qin benji” chapter of Shiji), the “Zhu xun” (an early Taoist writing coherent to the records in the “Yiwen zhi” chapter of Hanshu), the “Fanyin” (a Han fu composed prior to Mei Cheng’s “Qifa”), the “Wanxi” (the earliest vulgar fu presently exists), various Qin-Han divination texts, and Western Han medical prescriptions. These texts have been regarded as the most remarkable discovery among the Western Han manuscripts excavated to date, and are profoundly significant to the studies of intellectual history of China. Regarding the Qin slips, aside from the early officers’ textbook “Chong zheng zhi jing” as well as the transportation and mathematical texts which are similar to those in the Liye Qin bamboo slips, they also cover a couple of poetry and literature writings that have been rarely seen in Qin and Han manuscripts. Furthermore, the “Jiaonu”, which was written 300 years earlier than Ban Zhao’s “Nujie”, reflects the social life of common people and presents Qin’s splendid culture under its legalism of strict laws and cruel punishments. This talk intends to introduce the latest progress and findings from the above studies.
Professor Zhu Fenghan has been a Professor in the Centre of Ancient Chinese History Studies, History Department and the Director of the Centre for Excavated Texts at the Peking University since 2005. He severed as a Professor (1990) and the Head (1995) of the History Department as well as Associate Dean (1995) of the Humanities Faculty at Nankai University during 1990 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2005, he was the Deputy Director (1998) and the Director (2000) of the Museum of Chinese History as well as the Deputy Director (2003) of the National Museum of China.
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