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Suiguji 邃古記


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Suiguji 邃古記 "Records of remote antiquity" is a history of the age of mythology written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) writer Zhu Mouhan 朱謀㙔, who also wrote Zhouyi tong 周易通 (also known as Zhouyi xiangtong 周易象通), a commentary on the Classic Yijing 易經 "Book of Changes" and a commentary to a dictionary, Pianya xunzuan 駢雅訓籑 (see Pianya 駢雅). His 8-juan long Suiguji is arranged in the famous gangmu 綱目 structure, presenting the main line of history in "ropes", and details in "meshes". The text is brief and concise. Because it includes almost exclusively tales, it was not considered as a true history book.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 929.

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