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… aut facere scribendam, aut scribere legendam …” (Pliny the...
New Year's message 2012
Dear Friends and Fellow Researchers, another year with 12 months full of intensive efforts to trace, copy, read and digest still more source material on the history of our main topic — the Yuezhi/Rouzhi/Wuzhi, i.e. the Asioi/Iatioi, Asiani/Asi, Arsi/Arshi — has gone by. In this time, my “sparring partner” John Hill (half a world away in Cooktown/Australia, but connected by...
STRABŌN 11.8.2 : ...
In 1927, 1928 and again in 1930, Professor Wolfgang Aly of Freiburg University (my hometown in Germany) went to Rome to decipher the folios of a palimpsest containing fragments of Strabōn’s Geography — today our oldest Strabōn codex, originally written in the fifth (!) century AD. Before this trip abroad, Aly, at the Benedictine Abbey of Beuron, had made himself familiar with the latest...
New Year's message 2011
Dear Friends and Colleagues, with 2011 CE this blog, devoted to historical research, now goes into its third year… 2010 went by much too quickly. Most of it I used up to reorganize my working conditions. The all-important source material, collected in the span of a decade by copying excerpts of what I had been reading mostly in the Berlin State Library, reached an extent where I rapidly lost...
Link to : "The Great Exodus", revised and... →
New Year's message 2010
Dear Friends and Colleagues, one year ago I started this blog and opened it with a bulky book: the compilation of the chapters on the Xiongnu in the two most ancient Chinese Standard Histories, the Shiji and the Hanshu. I gave it a layout composed of the best Western translations, placed side by side and vis-à-vis the Chinese original text (i.e. in parallel columns). Such an arrangement was...
Link to : TheGreatExodus.pdf →
New Year's message 2009
Dear Friends and Colleagues, let me make good use of this brandnew global platform to introduce to you a website devoted to the vexing topic of the nomad people called 月氏 in the Chinese sources. These two Chinese characters are commonly rendered “Yue-zhi” in Western texts. But as early as the 10th century CE, the Chinese themselves made it clear that the correct reading of this Chinese...
Link to: Minar-i Chakari →
CHINESE SOURCES, VOLUME I
To download the 7 PDF-files of the compilation, click the following links. You may either click the button “DOWNLOAD” and then open the file with ADOBE ACROBAT / ACROBAT READER. Or you may prefer to click the button “OPEN” and then scroll through the pages of the chapter by using your scroll bar. When you have QUESTIONS or SUGGESTIONS, please feel free to contact me...
Link to : 01title_contents.pdf →
Link to : 02preface.pdf →
Link to : 03introductionA(Shiji).pdf →
Link to : 04introductionB(Xiongnu).pdf →
Link to : 05maintext.pdf →
Link to : 06annotations.pdf →
Link to : 07bibliography.pdf →