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Dong Anguo 董安國

Jan 17, 2022 © Ulrich Theobald

Dong Anguo 董安國 was the title of an ancient book on agriculture written during the Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE). It is listed in the bibliographical chapter Yiwen zhi 藝文志 of the official dynastic history Hanshu 漢書 and had a length of 16 chapters. Dong Anguo, the presumable author, had the office of Chamberlain for the Capital (neishi 內史), but his dates of life are unknown. Yao Zhenzong 姚振宗 (1842-1906) identified Dong Anguo with a person called Dong Chi 董赤 who lived during the reign of Emperor Wen 漢文帝 (r. 180-157 BCE). This fits with that sovereign's aim to improve farming throughout the empire.

The text was lost at an early point of time.

Gao Liushui 高流水 (1996). "Dong Anguo 董安國", in Feng Kezheng 馮克正, Fu Qingsheng 傅慶升, eds. Zhuzi baijia da cidian 諸子百家大辭典 (Shenyang: Liaoning renmin chubanshe), 447.
Wang Yuhu 王毓瑚, ed. (1964). Zhongguo nongxue shulu 中國農學書錄 (Beijing: Nongye chubanshe), 6.