First Emperor Essay

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The First Emperor's Taboo Character and the Three Day Reign of King Xiaowen: Two Moot Points Raised by the Qin Chronicle Unearthed in Shuihudi in 1975 Author(s): B. J. Mansvelt Beck Reviewed work(s): Source: T'oung Pao, Second Series, Vol. 73, Livr. 1/3 (1987), pp. 68-85 Published by: BRILL Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4528373 . Accessed: 25/08/2012 09:30 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. . BRILL is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to T'oung Pao. http://www.jstor.org T'oungPao LXXIII (1987) THE FIRST EMPEROR'S TABOO CHARACTER AND THE THREE DAY REIGN OF KING XIAOWEN: Two Moot Pointsraisedby the Qin Chronicle unearthed Shuihudi 1975. in in BY B.J. MANSVELT BECK The surprising documents found inside the coffin of a man probably named Xi T, (d. 217 BC or perhaps slightly later) have been discussedin well over two hundred and fifty studies and translations since their discovery in 1975.1 The tomb, situated in the Shuihudi area of Yunmeng Prefecture ,,MbtJi (Hubei), yielded 607 strips dealing with the Qin legal system; the rest of the find (over 400 strips) consisted of mantic texts; a curious compilation which the modern editors for want of an original title styled "How to Be a Good Official"; a circular letter sent by Governor Teng * (presumably Xi's superior) to his subordinates,and a Chronicle covering the years 306-217.2 The Chronicle has

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