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Formation of the Early Royal Line

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This chapter attempts to date the Koguryŏ royal line in the form it is given in Samguk Sagi. In doing so, it examines the controversial line recounted on the Kwanggaet'o Stele and the factuality of the Samguk Sagi account of the lineage of several kings and whether or not certain others even existed. The purpose of the account on the Stele was not to record the genealogy of the royal house. It is a monument principally intended to record the origin of Koguryŏ, the meritorious achievements of Kwanggaet'o, and the account of the tomb guardians. There was no public recognition of the fact of a dynastic change since the time of Ch'umo, who was considered the national forefather and direct ancestor of the existing royal house. That being the case, Koguryŏ 'nationals' reading the inscription would likely have wondered what generation Kwanggaet'o belonged to.

Keywords: Ch'umo; Koguryŏ royal line; Kwanggaet'o Stele; Samguk Sagi



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