The narratives are so constructed as to demonstrate the truth and indeed the naturalness of these attitudes. Their dominant perspective is that of officials rather than rulers, and the anecdotes represent the efforts of a group of officials and ministers to argue for a moralizing interpretation of the events of Zhou history and for their own value as skilled interpreters of events and advisors to the rulers of the day.q--BOOK JACKET.... and Houlden, Atlas of Historical Eclipse Maps. The Zuozhuan includes ... The first five Zuozhuan remarks are made by the anonymous narrator and concern problems of dating and the appropriate ritual response to eclipses. The Guoyu ... of the work. The intensity of transmission and discussion that produced the copious material for these years may also account for the use 362 Notes to Pages 99-101.
|Title||:||A Patterned Past|
|Publisher||:||Harvard Univ Asia Center - 2001|