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【(潁川潁陰)】 荀綽 (彥舒)

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About 荀綽 (彥舒)

Xun Chuo 荀綽 (fl. 310–320), zi Yanshu 彥舒. Late Western Jin and Sixteen States Zhao literatus.

Xun Chuo's ancestral home was Yingyin 潁陰 in Yingchuan 潁川 commandery (modern Xuchang, Henan). He was the grandson of Xun Xu 荀勖 (ca. 217–288). Little is known about his life. According to the Jin shu, Xun Chuo was a learned scholar. At the end of the Yongjia period (307–312) he served as an attendant in the Ministry of Works. He also may have served as governor of Xiapi 下邳 (administrative seat, Xiapi, northwest of modern Suining 睢寧, Jiangsu). Ca. 320, he was captured by Shi Le 石勒 (274–333). He served as an adjutant during the Later Zhao (319–351).

Xun Chuo's biography in the Jin shu mentions that he compiled the Jin hou shu 晉後書 (Sequel history of the Jin?) in fifteen pian. This may be the same work that the monograph on bibliography of the Sui shu records under the title Jin hou lüe ji 晉後略記 (Cursory account for the sequel history of the Jin?) in five juan. Both Tang histories also list this work in five juan. The Sui shu records under Xun Chuo's name another historical work, the Baiguan biaozhu 百官表注 (Commentary to the tables of the bureacracy) in sixteen juan. Only fragments of both of these works survive.

A Liang catalogue cited by the Sui shu credits Xun Chuo with the compilation of an anthology of five-syllable line poetry, the Gujin wuyan shi meiwen 古今五言詩美文 (Excellent selections of five-syllable line verse from antiquity and recent times) in five juan. This was lost before the Tang.

Bibliography

Studies

  • Cao Daoheng and Shen Yucheng, Zhongguo wenxuejia dacidian, 299.
  • Goodman, Howard L. Xun Xu and the Politics of Precision in Third-Century AD China, 113. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010.
  • Chen Xiangqian 陳祥謙. “Xun Chuo Gujin wuyan shi meiwen kaolun” 荀綽《古今五言詩美文》考論. Tushu qingbao gongzuo wangkan (2012: 2): 68–72.

Works

a. Jin hou lüe ji 晉後略記

  • Huang Shi 黃奭, ed. Jin hou lüe 荀綽晉後略. 1 juan. In Huangshi yishu kao 黃氏遺書攷, 79. Huaiquan tang 懷荃堂, 1925.

b. Baiguan biaozhu 百官表注 (Commentary to the tables of the bureacracy)

  • Huang Shi 黃奭, ed. Jin baiguan biao zhu 晉百官表注. 1 juan. In Huangshi yishu kao 黃氏遺書攷, 88. Huaiquan tang 懷荃堂, 1925.

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