Several thousand years later, this mythology inspired Han Emperor Wu-ti
(140-186 b.c.) to despatch plant collectors and bring new specimens together to test for agricultural and horticultural purposes: a botanic garden, in other words.
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Why did Wu-ti of China see direct trade with distant peoples as an opportunity to make his empire mightier?
At the time, Emperor Wu-ti (woo-DEE) was fighting with the Xiongnu (hung-NOH), a nomadic tribe to the north.
In 138 B.C., Wu-ti sent one of his most trusted men, Zhang Qian (chen), on a crucial mission.
Hsun Hsu assumed leadership of Chin Wu-ti's [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 266-290) court music in about 270.
500, outside of a spate of excellent research on Han Wu-ti's attempts at so-called new music and the implications that it had for later literary genres like yueh-fu.
He seems to have been in the favor of emperor Wu-ti of Chin at this time (before the lead-up to the Wu war), and issued strong directives about the way his flute creations would be made immediately into the new musical system of the court.
The work ends with a collection of "Biographies" of famous individuals selected as exemplars of various types of conduct and also discusses the affairs of the various foreign peoples, whose existence was becoming increasingly important during the reign of the emperor Wu-ti
A canny politician, Kuang Wu-ti
created a regime which lasted for over two centuries.
Unfortunately, even these pages present not much more than a sketchy and stereotyped narrative of cultural decline; only in its final section on the sacrificial music of Ssu-ma Ch'ien's own emperor Han Wu-ti [CHINESE TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (r.
This view is alien to the idea of scholarship under Han Wu-ti when individual specialists were assigned to individual books of the recently defined canon; it was indeed Kung-sun Hung who successfully proposed that one could graduate from the imperial academy by mastering a single canonical text.(19) On the other hand, the comprehensiveness of the wu ching [CHINESE TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and their mastery as a whole is a distinctively Eastern Han ideal of scholarship.
Born into an aristocratic family in Shensi (Shanxi) (14); first demonstrated military ability when he took up arms against the usurper Wang Mang (23); assisted Kuang Wu-ti
, Emperor of the revived, or New, Han, in planning the consolidation of the empire; his strategy was sound and won him several civil and military posts; gained further honors in campaigns against resistance in Hunan and along the south coast; led an army south to crush a revolt in Tonkin, and went on to conquer Annam; late in his career he was made governor of Kansu (Gansu) and conducted several campaigns against the Hsiung-nu nomads; died in 49.