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Book of Sui

The Book of Sui (Suí Sh?) is the official history of the Sui dynasty. It ranks among the official Twenty-Four Histories of imperial China. It was commissioned by Emperor Taizong of the Tang dynasty, and written by a team of prominent scholars, including Yan Shigu, Kong Yingda, and Zhangsun Wuji, with Wei Zheng as the lead author. It was completed in 636 AD.

Contents

The format used in the text follows the composite historical biography format () established by Ban Gu in the Book of the Later Han with three sections: annals (?), treatises (?), and biographies (?). [1] The extensive set of 30 treatises, sometimes translated as 'monographs', in the Book of Sui was completed by a separate set of authors and added in 656, 20 years after the original text was completed. [2] The treatises cover the Liang, Chen, Northern Qi, and Northern Zhou dynasties in addition to the Sui. They are an essential source of information on the subjects covered for those dynasties. The treatises on classics () are especially important because the Book of Sui is the only standard history including such a section since the Book of Han and contains essential bibliographical information for the period from the Later Han (25-220) to the Sui dynasty. The treatises were initially circulated as a separate set titled 'Treatises of the History of the Five Dynasties' (?).[3]

Annals ()

# Title Translation Notes
Volume 1 1 Gaozu
Volume 2 2 Gaozu
Volume 3 3 Emperor Yang
Volume 4 4 Emperor Yang
Volume 5 5 Yang You

Treatises (?)

# Title Translation Notes
Volume 6 1 1 Rites
Volume 7 2 2 Rites
Volume 8 3 3 Rites
Volume 9 4 4 Rites
Volume 10 5 5 Rites
Volume 11 6 6 Rites
Volume 12 7 7 Rites
Volume 13 8 Music
Volume 14 9 Music
Volume 15 10 Music
Volume 16 11 Rhythm and the Calendar
Volume 17 12 Rhythm and the Calendar
Volume 18 13 Rhythm and the Calendar
Volume 19 14 Astronomy
Volume 20 15 Astronomy
Volume 21 16 Astronomy
Volume 22 17 The Five Elements
Volume 23 18 The Five Elements
Volume 24 19 Food and Money
Volume 25 20 Punishment and Law
Volume 26 21 Government Offices
Volume 27 22 Government Offices
Volume 28 23 Government Offices
Volume 29 24 Geography
Volume 30 25 Geography
Volume 31 26 Geography
Volume 32 27 1 Classics
Volume 33 28 2 Classics
Volume 34 29 3 Classics
Volume 35 30 4 Classics

Biographies ()

References

Citations

  1. ^ Xiong (2015), pp. 330-331.
  2. ^ Xiong (2015), pp. 332.
  3. ^ Twitchett (2015), p. 87.

Works cited

  • Xiong, Victor Cunrui (2015). "Sui shu ". In Dien, Albert E.; Chennault, Cynthia Louise; Knapp, Keith Nathaniel; Berkowitz, Alan J. (eds.). Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide. Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies University of California. pp. 330-334.
  • Twitchett, Denis (2009). The Writing of Official History in the T'ang. Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies University of California.

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