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The Men Of Wu

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The &t;Men ofWu&t; is one of the core chapters of the Yuejue shu. This chapter incorporates four different source texts: the first a commentary on the Chunqiu, secondly a disquisition on statecraft by Fan Li addressed to King Goujian of Yue, thirdly a text describing the careers of various important historical and mythological figures in ancient China, and finally a transliteration and translation of a decree issued by King Goujian when he returned to his kingdom after having been held as a hostage in Wu. The first and third source texts can be dated with some confidence to the Warring States era. The text of the decree, interpolated into the third source text, proclaims that it is a Spring and Autumn period document.

Keywords: Chunqiu; Yuejue shu; Fan Li; Goujian; Wu; Yue



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