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- Publisher: Columbia University Press
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 15mm | 408g
- Publication date: 15 February 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0231081693
- ISBN 13: 9780231081696
- Edition: 3
- Edition statement: 3rd ed.
- Sales rank: 323,896
Sima Qian (145?-90? BCE) was the first major Chinese historian. His Shiji, or Records of the Grand Historian, documents the history of China and its neighboring countries from the ancient past to his own time. These three volumes cover the Qin and Han dynasties.
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Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.
Table of contents
IntroductionTranslator's Note on TextShi ji 5: The Basic Annals of QinShi ji 6: The Basic Annals of The First Emperor of the QinShi ji 15: Reflections on the Rise of the QinShi ji 68: The Biography of Lord ShangSHi ji 71: The Biographies of Shuli Zi and Gan MouShi ji 72: The Biography of the Marquis of RangShi ji 73: The Biographies of Bai Qi and Wang JianShi ji 79: The Biographies of Fan Ju and Cai ZeShi ji 85: The Biography of Lu BuweiShi ji 86: The Biographies of the Assassin-retainers (Excerpt)Shi ji 87: The Biography of Li SiShi ji 88: The Biography of Meng TianShi ji 126: The Biographies of Wits and Humorists (Excerpt)Appendix 1: Shi ji 48: The Hereditary House of Chen SheAppendix 2: Sima Qian's Letter to Ren AnIndex