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The Administrative Structure Of Later Han

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This summary of the government organisation of Later Han is designed to provide background and context for the official careers and activities of the men and women discussed in the biographies. During Later Han, his authority was all but absolute: the ruler might consult with his ministers or hold a full court conference, but his final decision was accepted without question. Besides some specific offices, there were two more general sets of eunuch officials. Firstly, at the beginning of Later Han, Emperor Guangwu appointed a number of Attendants at the Yellow Gates, who served as imperial messengers to the outside court from the private apartments of the palace. Second, and growing in importance through the dynasty, were the Regular Attendants, also agents and confidants of the emperor. During Later Han there were three grades of Servants.

Keywords: administrative structure; emperor Guangwu; eunuch officials; Later Han; yellow gates



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