CaTigeReptile wrote:There seem to be many conversations in the SGZ that were apparently recorded. How is this possible; was there someone in the room writing it down, or is it a secondary account? That is, how reliable is it?
Great Deer wrote:I think the main author of Jin Shu is Fang Xuan Ling of Tang Dynasty (房玄龄).
Chen Shou's SGZ is primarily based on Wang Shen's Wei Shu (Book of Wei), Wei Zhao's Wu Shu (Book of Wu) and Yu Huan's Wei Lue. (Wang Shen's biography is found in the section for Lie Zhuan, chapter 9 in Jin Shu).
Besides these sources, there were lots more sources used by Pei Song Zhi stated in his annotations for SGZ. Some of these are Jiang Biao Zhuan, Han Shu (Book of Han by Ban Gu), Wei Shi Chun Qiu, Shi Yu, Jin Ji by Gan Bao, Fu Zhi (real name is Fu Xuan, biography found in the section for Lie Zhuan, chapter 17 in Jin Shu) , Dian Lue, San Yang Gong Zai Ji, Wu Lu, Sou Shen Ji (I don't like this), Han Jin Chun Qiu, etc. There're a host of others and I used to have a book from the library that list out all these soures (used by Chen Shou and Pei Song Zhi) in different categories. Unfortunately, many of these sources are not directly available in the modern libraries now (I think there is Hua Yang Guo Zhi online though). Hence, whatever things that I know is entirely derived from the references quoted by Pei Song Zhi.
Erdrick wrote:When you say that these sources aren't available, do you mean in China? Or, elsewhere...?
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