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Yaolan 要覽 "An Overview of the Most Important Things"


The Yaolan 要覽 "Overview of the most important things" is an encyclopedic philosophical treatise written by the Jin period 晉 (265-420) scholar Lu Ji 陸機 (261-303). It is also called Lushi yaolan 陸氏要覽. Lu Ji, courtesy name Lu Shiheng 陸士衡, came from the state of Wu 吳 (222-280), but later entered the service of the Jin dynasty, together with his brother Lu Yu 陸雲. Both are known as "the Two Lu" (Er Lu 二陸). Lu Ji was an excellent poet an writer, and the fragments of his collected works are assembled in the Lu Shiheng ji 陸士衡集. The original size of the Yaolan was 3 juan "scrolls", but the book was lost during the Song period 宋 (960-1279). Some fragments could be reconstructed from the encyclopedia Taiping yulan 太平御覽. There are two collections of fragments, namely Tao Zongyi's 陶宗儀 Shuofu 說郛 from the late Yuan period 元 (1279-1368), and Ma Guohan's 馬國翰 Yuhanshanfang jiyi shu 玉涵山房輯佚書 from the Qing period 清 (1644-1911). A lot of rhapsodies, poems, memorials and eulogies by Lu Ji are included in Yan Kejun's 嚴可均 Quan Jin wen 全晉文.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1548. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.

Contents
連璧 Lianbi Joint jade rings
述聞 Shuwen Reports of hearsay
析名 Ximing Analysing designations
Chinese literature according to the four-category system

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