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On the position of the Seventy Disciples of Confucius in the prose history of the pre-Qin period

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In this paper, such works as Lunyu 论语 (The Analects of Confucius), Dadai liji 大戴礼记 (Book of Rites with Commentaries of Dai De), Xiaodai liji 小戴礼记 (Book of Rites with Commentaries of Dai Sheng), Xiaojing 孝经 (Classic of Filial Piety), Yili 仪礼 (Etiquette and Ceremonial) and other Confucian documents found in the Guodian bamboo strips and the Shanghai Museum bamboo strips are studied as “prose by the Seventy Disciples of Confucius”. In addition, the “Seventy Disciples” are divided into the “Early Generation” and the “Late Generation”, and according to their different writing styles they are also divided into “the Transmitters” and “the Creators.” The “prose by the Seventy Disciples of Confucius” is the link connecting the official historians’ narrative prose with the pre-Qin philosophers’ argumentative prose.


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