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The Book of Song (Chinese: 宋書/宋书; Wade-Giles: Sungshu), is a the historical writing for the Chinese Song of Southern Dynasties covering the history from 420 to 479, and is one of the traditional Twenty-Four Histories. It was authored by Shen Yue from Liang of Southern Dynasties. The book contain 100 volumes when written, but by the Song Dynasty some volumes were already missing. Later editors reconstructed those volumes by taking material from the History of the Southern Dynasties, plus the a few works such as the Historiette of Gao by Gao Jun, though many of the volumes are no longer in its original condition. Modern historians believe that it had glaring problems; one of the problem is that the book maintained a much fogyish attitude and was biased towards the surrounded ethnic groups, including the ruling elites of Northern Wei. Wade-Giles, sometimes abbreviated Wade, is a Romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration) system for the Chinese language based on Mandarin. ... The Song Dynasty (宋朝, previous spelling Sung) (420-479) was first of the four Southern Dynasties in China, followed by the Qi Dynasty. ... For other uses, see 420 (disambiguation). ... Events End of the Song Dynasty and beginning of the Qi Dynasty in southern China. ... The Twenty-Four Histories is a collection of historical books covering a period of history from 3000 B.C. to the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Liang Dynasty (also: Leung in Cantonese,) 梁朝 (502-557) was the third of Southern dynasties in China, followed by the Chen Dynasty. ... The Song Dynasty (Chinese: 宋朝) was a ruling dynasty in China from 960-1279. ... The Northern Wei Dynasty (北魏 386-534) is most noted for the unification of northern China in 440, it was also heavily involved in funding the arts and many antiques and art works from this period have survived. ...


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  • Twenty-Four Histories

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Book of Songs (5619 words)
The "Lesser Courtly Songs" are generally longer than the lyrics contained in the "Airs of the States" and, except for some poems in the latter part of the section, concern the aristocratic life centering around the Chou court.
Section III of the Book of Songs is the sung or "Hymns." These forty sacrficial and temple songs are subdivided into three parts on the basis of geographical origin--thirty-one attributed to the Chou court, four to the court of the Duchy of Lu, and five hymns attributed to the Shang dynasty, which preceded Chou.
These songs seem to have been sung to the accompaniment of music and group dancing when the King or lord worshipped his ancestors and commemorated their heroic deeds.
shijing (1647 words)
The "Song" section is comprised of praise poems, hymns, and perhaps songs to accompany court ritual dances.
These songs are from the southernmost state of Chen, located in the area of modern southern Henan and northern Anhui.
The number of a song according to its placement in the Mao version is used by scholars in the West to denote that song (e.g., "Guan ju" is Mao shi 1).
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