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Wang Bao 王褒

Jan 24, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Wang Bao 王褒, also written 王襃, courtesy name Ziyuan 子淵, was a poet of the mid-Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE).

He hailed from Zizhong 資中 (modern Ziyang 資陽, Sichuan) and was detected by the regional inspector (cishi 刺史) Wang Xiang 王襄 who had him composed poems in praise of Emperor Xuan 漢宣帝 (r. 74-49 BCE). The emperor invited him to the court and treated him with greatest respect. Wang Bao was appointed Grand Master of Remonstrance (jian dafu 諫大夫).

His poems filled a book of 16-juan length. He died on his way back to Sichuan.

Cang Xiuliang 倉修良, ed. (1996). Hanshu cidian 漢書辭典 (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe), 72.