Sima Qian's Narratives on Assassins / 司馬遷筆下的刺客與刺客外傳

A Confucius Institute Roundtable Discussion

CI-UM CI-UM
By Chi-hsiang Lee (李纪祥), Professor of Chinese History, and Dean of the College of Humanities, Fo Guang University, Taiwan

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Please note: This talk will be given in Chinese with English translation.

The lecture discusses the biographies of five assassins in Sima Qian's Records of the Grand Historian (Shiji史记). It examines the reasons for the inclusion and exclusion of certain assassins in Shiji, identifying some narrative strategies that are crucial to the Grand Historian's historiography. In particular, the lecture will address the question regarding Sima Qian's omission of a famous assassin Yao Li 要離, whose name and portrait later appeared on the wall of the famous Wuliang Temple, where six rather than five assassins were honored.

Chi-hsiang Lee (李纪祥) is Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of History at the Fo Guang University in I-lan, Taiwan. He has published widely on ancient Chinese history and thought. His publications include two books on Shiji (Records of the Grand Historian), as well as several monographs titled Time, History, and Narrative: Reconsidering the Tradition of Chinese History (2001), The Development of Confucianism from Late Ming to Early Qing (1988), etc. His current projects examine the relationship between the study of Shiji and world sinology.