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Pan Ku


(also Pan Meng-ch’ien). Born in 32; died in 92. Chinese writer and historian.

Pan Ku was born into a noble family. He held important posts. He served in the army that was formed under the command of Tou Hsien during the campaign against the Hsiung-nu (Huns). After the army’s defeat, Pan Ku was put in prison (92), where he died.

Pan Ku’s main work was the completion of The History of the Earlier Han Dynasty (58–82), which had been started by his father, Pan Piao (two sections were written by Pan Ku’s sister, Pan Chao). The book contains various materials on the history, economics, and culture of ancient China and Middle Asia. Pan Ku was famous as an author of fu; in particular, his descriptive Ode on the Two Capitals was praised. Pan Ku was a theorist of this genre of poetry.

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During the subsequent flourishing of classical studies, Confucians sought to refashion their obscure past, a project that culminated with Ban Gu in the first century of the Common Era and which continues to shape perceptions of Han Confucianism to the present.
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As the "other" Han historian, Ban Gu has received less attention than his more famous Western Han counterpart, Sima Qian.
Instead, he gives us a dynamic reading of the Hanshu, which he treats not as a conveyor of raw data but as an object to be analyzed in terms of what it did--what it did for Ban Gu and his clan, as well as for Han rulers and the imperial state.
Through an analysis of Ban's treatment of his own ancestors, Clark shows that the history of the Western Han figured in the efforts by Ban Gu to bolster the standing of his own clan at court--and more pointedly, to conceal the true sources of the clan's power and standing.
Thus, between the time of Ban Gu and that of Xu Shen, we notice the emergence of the notion that Confucius knew of the game weiqi.
It is true that both Ban Gu and Sima Biao based their interpretations on the moralistic tradition shaped by the commentaries on the Spring and Autumn Annals, but can we say absolutely that pre-Han portents and their five-phases theory included in Ban Gu's treatise - instead of the portents of the Hah - are the center of his treatise?
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