Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022)

The Mythology of Liu Bang in Shiji and Western Han Elites

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Yansu Lu1, *
1Shanghai Highschool International Division, Shanghai, China
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Yansu Lu
Available Online 1 June 2022.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.378How to use a DOI?
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Sima Qian; Shiji; Mythology of Liu Bang
Abstract

Previous scholarship has largely regarded Qian’s writings to be part of a literary tradition that was popularized for its divination of the ruler’s birth, as Qian did in his accounts of many rulers like the founder of the Shang, Zhou, and Qin political lineages. However, these works paid little attention to the particular abundance of mythological elements in Liu Bang’s biography, and viewed it as extensional accounts that served to demonstrate the influence of Liu Bang’s birth story. This essay argues that it was not only the birth of Liu Bang, but the entire characterization of Liu Bang, that was mythologized by Qian. This essay will further contribute to the academic dialogue by analyzing the context and politico-cultural implications of Qian’s Biography of the Gaozu Emperor primarily from the perspective of Han elite culture, a group that has not been given adequate study in regards to the topic of this essay.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
1 June 2022
ISBN
978-94-6239-580-0
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2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.378How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2022 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press SARL.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

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