Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

List of Chinese Texts

This page list a corpus of Chinese texts. Follow the link under each entry title to a page that collects together similar texts. Each text includes notes about the source and vocabulary. You can click on each Chinese word for the English definition and other informaiton about the word.

Title Period Genre Notes
Classics (經)      
The Book of Songs 《詩經》 c. 1000 to 600 BCE Bilingual verse An early collection of Chinese poems, with English translation by James Legge
Book of Documents 《尚書》 Pre-Han Bilingual prose An early collection of proclamations and instructions attributed to the founders of the Zhou dynasty, with English translation by James Legge
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 Pre-Han Prose A commentary on a chronicle of the State of Lu from 722 to 481 BCE by 左丘明 Zuo Qiuming
Gongyang's Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋公羊傳》 Pre-Han Prose A commentary on a chronicle of the State of Lu by 公羊高 Gong Yanggao
Guliang's Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋穀梁傳》 Pre-Han Prose A commentary on a chronicle of the State of Lu by 穀梁 Guliang
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 c. 475 - 221 BCE Bilingual prose Also known as the Liji, an early classic Chinese Text with English translation by James Legge
The Book of Etiquette and Ceremonial 《儀禮》 Pre-Han Prose Also known as the Yili, an early classic Chinese Text describing details of ceremonies
Rites of Zhou 《周禮》 Pre-Han Prose Also known as the Zhouli, an early classic Chinese Text describing the court structure nd official positions
Book of Changes 《易經》 Pre-Han Bilingual prose Also known as the I Ching or 周易 Zhouyi, an early classic Chinese text on divination with English translation by James Legge
The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 c. 479—221 BCE Bilingual prose Also known as Lunyu, with English translation by James Legge
Mencius 《孟子》 c. 372-289 BCE Bilingual prose Also known as Mengzi, with English translation by James Legge
The Classic of Filial Piety 《孝經》 c. 4th century BCE Bilingual prose Also known as the Xiao Jing, with English translation by James Legge
Masters Literature (子)      
Mozi 《墨子》 c. 468–391 BCE Bilingual Prose An early master with text of the same name
Guanzi 《管子》 Pre-Qin Prose Traditionally attributed to statesman 管仲 Zhan Zhong
Huainanzi 《淮南子》 Before 139 BCE Prose An early collection of debates in the court of 劉安 Liu An
Xunzi 《荀子》 - c. 237 BCE Prose An early master with text of the same name
Han Feizi 《韓非子》 c. 280-233 BCE Prose An early master with text of the same name
Garden of Stories 《說苑》 Pre-Han Prose An early collection of stories compiled by 刘向 Liu Xiang
Canon of Supreme Mystery 《太玄經》 2 BCE Prose A text on divination by Han scholar 扬雄 Yang Xiong
Exemplary Figures 《法言》 9 CE Prose Composed by Han scholar 扬雄 Yang Xiong
Standard Histories (正史)      
Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 109-91 BCE Prose The first of the standard Chinese histories by 司馬遷 Sima Qian with a partial English translation
Book of Han 《漢書》 111 Prose The second of the standard Chinese histories by 班固 Ban Gu with others, covering the 西漢 Western [Former] Han dynasty 206 BCE - 25 CE
Book of Later Han 《後漢書》 5th century Prose The third of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 範曄 Fan Ye, covering the 東漢 Eastern [Later] Han dynasty 25-220 CE
Records of the Three Kingdoms 《三國志》 C. 289 Prose The fourth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 陳壽 Chen Shou and annotations by 裴松之 Pei Songzhi, covering the end of the Eastern Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms (220–280)
Book of Jin 《晉書》 C. 648 Prose The fifth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 房玄齡 Fang Xuanling, covering the Jin dynasty (265-420)
Book of Song 《宋書》 C. 493 Prose The sixth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 沈約 Shen Yue, covering the Liu Song dynasty (420–479)
Book of Southern Qi 《南齊書》 537 Prose The seventh of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 蕭子顯 Xiao Zixian, covering the Southern Qi dynasty (479-502)
Book of Liang 《梁書》 636 Prose The eigth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 姚思廉 Yao Silian, covering the Liang dynasty (502–557)
Book of Chen 《陳書》 636 Prose The ninth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 姚思廉 Yao Silian, covering the Chen dynasty (557-58)
Book of Wei 《魏書》 554 Prose The tenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 魏收 Wei Shou, covering the Northern Wei and Eastern Wei dynasties from 386 to 550
Book of Northern Qi 《北齊書》 554 Prose The eleventh of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 李百藥 Li Baiyao, covering the Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)
Book of Zhou 《周書》 636 Prose The twelfth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 令狐德棻 Linghu Defen, covering the Northern Zhou dynasty (557-581)
Book of Sui 《隋書》 636 Prose The thirteenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 魏徵 Wei Zheng, 令狐德棻 Linghu Defen, and 長孫無忌 Zhangsun Wuji covering the Sui dynasty (581-618)
History of the Southern Dynasties 《南史》 659 Prose The fourteenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 李延壽 Li Yanshou, covering the Liu Song, Southern Qi, Liang, and Chen dynasties
History of the Northern Dynasties 《北史》 659 Prose The fifteenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 李延壽 Li Yanshou, covering the Northern Wei, Western Wei, Eastern Wei, Northern Zhou, Northern Qi, and Sui dynasties
Old Book of Tang 《舊唐書》 945 Prose The sixteenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 劉昫 Liu Xu, covering the Tang dynasty (618–907)
New Book of Tang 《新唐書》 1060 Prose The seventeenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 歐陽脩 Ouyang Xiu, covering the Tang dynasty (618–907)
Old History of the Five Dynasties 《舊五代史》 974 Prose The eighteenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 薛居正 Xue Juzheng, covering the Five Dynasties (907-960)
New History of the Five Dynasties 《舊五代史》 1053 Prose The nineteenth of the standard Chinese histories, compiled by 歐陽脩 Ouyang Xiu, covering the Five Dynasties (907-960)
History of Song 《宋史》 1345 Prose The twentieth of the 二十四史 twenty four standard histories, compiled under the supervision of 脫脫 Toqto with a group of scholars including 歐陽玄 Ouyang Xuan, covering the Song dynasty (960-1279)
History of Liao 《遼史》 1344 Prose The twenty first of the 二十四史 twenty four standard histories, compiled under the supervision of 脫脫 Toqto with a group of scholars including 歐陽玄 Ouyang Xuan, covering the Liao dynasty (907–1125)
History of Jin 《金史》 1345 Prose The twenty second of the 二十四史 twenty four standard histories, compiled under the supervision of 脫脫 Toqto with a group of scholars including 歐陽玄 Ouyang Xuan, covering the Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
History of Yuan 《元史》 1370 Prose The twenty third of the 二十四史 twenty four standard histories, compiled under the supervision of 宋濂 Song Lian, covering the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
History of Ming 《明史》 1739 Prose The twenty fourth of the 24 dynastic histories 二十四史, compiled under 張廷玉 Zhang Tingyu covering the Ming dynasty 1368-1644
Other Histories (別史)      
Bamboo Annals 《竹書紀年》 Pre-Qin Prose Based on the court annals of 魏 the State of Wei
Guoyu 《國語》 Pre-Qin Prose Also known as Discourses of the States, attributed to 左丘明 Zuo Qiuming, covering the Spring and Autumn period
Stratagems of the Warring States 《戰國策》 Pre-Han Prose An early collection of dialogs describing important events of the Warring States, compiled by 刘向 Liu Xiang
Classic of Mountains and Seas 《山海經》 Pre-Han Prose An early text on geography
Collections(集)      
Songs of Chu 《楚辭》 Han Poetry An early collection of Warring States poems by 屈原 Qu Yuan, compiled by Liu Xiang 劉向 in the Han
Wenxuan 《文選》 520-530 Poetry An anthology of poetry covering the Warring States to c. 500 by 萧统 Xiao Tong (501-531) with commentary by 李善 Li Shan (630-689)
Tang Poetry 618—907 Poetry A small collection of poems by well known authors
Taoism      
Daode Jing 《道德經》 Pre-Qin Bilingual prose With commentary by 王弼 Wang Bi
Liezi 《列子》 Pre-Qin Prose Attributed to 杨朱 Yang Zhu
Zhuangzi 《莊子》 Pre-Qin Bilingual prose A foundational Taoist text with English translation by James Legge
Historic Dictionaries      
Er Ya 《爾雅》 Qin - Western Han Prose Earliest Chinese Dictionary
Shuo Wen Jie Zi 《說文解字》 100-121 Prose An early Chinese Dictionary attributed to Xu Shen
Post Han Literature      
The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons 《文心雕龍》 465-520 Prose An early Chinese text in literature theory by 劉勰 Liu Xie
Commentaries on the Four Books 《四書章句集注》 1150-1200 Prose By Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi 朱熹 (1130—1200)
The Classic of Tea 《茶經》 760-780 Prose The first monograph ever on tea and its culture, written by Lu Yu 陆羽
Language Learning      
Literary Chinese Notes Pre-Han to Tang Bilingual prose A short introduction to literary Chinese and a small selection of historic texts from well known writers with English translations
Modern      
Lao She 老舍 Modern Prose A very small number of phrases from the writings of Lao She (1899-1966)
Ye Shengtao 叶圣陶 Modern Prose A very small number of phrases from the writings of Ye Shengtao (1894-1988)
Media articles Modern Prose Mass media articles in modern Chinese

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