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Stratagems For The Age

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This chapter of the Yuejue shu, consists of two texts. The first is concerned with the conflict between the kingdoms of Wu and Yue focusing particularly on the figure of Wu Zixu. It is likely that this section of the text is derived from some sort of oral narrative, which was eventually written down during the Warring States era. The first text seems to date to the pre-Qin era, and is linked in wording to a military text, the Wei Liaozi. The second focuses the text in on individuals from the ministerial level of the administration of the kingdoms of Wu and Yue. The inclusion of Wu Zixu and Prime Minister Pi in this section is unsurprising, but it is not clear why only Fan Li appears from the Yue side, without his usual companion Grandee Zhong.

Keywords: Wei Liaozi; Wu; Wu Zixu; Yue; Yuejue shu



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