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Bianyi shiliu ce 便宜十六策 "Sixteen Convenient Strategies"


The Bianyi shiliu ce 便宜十六策 "Sixteen convenient strategies" is a military treatise traditionally attributed to the Three Kingdoms period 三國 (220-280) minister and general Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮. In Zhuge's biography in the official dynastic history Sanguozhi 三國志, there is no mentioning of this book. The Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Chao Gongwu 晁公武 has it therefore rated as a forgery of later date. In the administrative history Wenxian tongkao 文獻通考 from the Yuan period 元 (1279-1368), it is called Wuhou shiliu ce 武侯十六策 "Sixteen stratagems of Marquis Wu". It is, inspite of its dubious origin, included in the collected writings of Zhuge Liang, the Zhuge Zhongwuhou wenji 諸葛忠武侯文集.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1617. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

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