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Translation and Annotation of <Zheng Wengong wen Taibo(鄭文公問太伯)> in Tsinghua Bamboo Slips

Lee Yeon Ju 1 Chong- Li Zhang 2

1강원대학교 중문과
2齊南大學

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ABSTRACT

Zheng Wengong wen Taibo(鄭文公問太伯) is one of the five old documents contained in the 6th release of Tsinghua Bamboo Slips(清华简) - a collection of Chinese texts dating to the Warring States period acquired in 2008 by Tsinghua University. It contains the dialogue between the Duke Wen of Zheng(鄭文公) and Taibo(太伯), the prime minister, and adopts the form of Duke Wen inquring after Taibo’s health and Taibo expostulating with Duke Wen concerning governing the nation. The document describes the early history of Zheng in a condensed manner and, in doing so, illustrates the situation of the East Zhou period around the eastward evacuation(東遷) of the royal house. Therefore, it is considered to be an important document in the study of history and state of the nation at that time. It is also an interesting document in the light of the tradition of expostulation during the Zhou dynasty. This paper makes an exegesis of the document with some explanatory notes.

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