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Chinese history: Great Han

I'm still reading about Chinese history, particularly that of the Han dynasty from Han Gao Zu (206 BC - 195 BC) through Han Wu Di (156 BC - 87 BC) and his heir's heir, Han Xuan Di (91 BC - 49 BC), to the Han usurper, Wang Mang.

Did you know that the surname (xing) of the Han Emperors was Liu? My father's mother is a Liu, though there are many tens of millions of Lius, so it isn't a particularly rare family name. Similarly, my mother's father was a Li (cf. most of the Tang dynasty rulers) and my father's father was a Xu (cf. the farmer who famously declined the throne offered by the legendary Emperor Yao). Finally, my mother's mother is a Wang (the second most common surname in China).

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Banazir

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crypthanatopsis
Jul. 15th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC)
I thought anyone who has read Three Kingdoms knew that the Han emperors were surnamed Liu (what with Liu Bei being a royal cousin and all).

I know you're not the best person to ask, but do you know of any efforts to translate the entire Zizhi Tongjian? That would be an extraordinarily interesting book to read.

banazir
Jul. 15th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
I've actually never read Three Kingdoms, but I grew up being told that my Nai-Nai was a Liu "as in the royal Han `Liu'". :-)

I've not heard of any efforts to translate the Zizhi Tongjian, but almost everything I know about Zhanguo comes from modern miniseries based on the Han dynasty epic Zhan Guo Ce.

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Banazir
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