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documentTypeBook
TitleGuanzhen 官箴 [Admonitions to Officials]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodAntique and Medieval period
CountryChinese
AuthorLü Benzhong 呂本中
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume1
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment

33 short precepts for local officials. The emphasis is on the official’s personal conduct and attitude and his relations with his professional environment, the leading values being encapsulated in the standard triad qing 清 (uprightness), shen 慎 (prudence), qin 勤 (diligence). Examples or anecdotes about earlier officials are occasionally adduced. According to the Siku commentators, the text was given a title and printed as an independent work only after its author’s death, which might explain why the title is not mentioned in Lü’s Songshi biography.

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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