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|Chinese historian and scholar of literature in the Later Han Dynasty. His courtesty name was Meng-jian. Ban Gu was the compiler of the Han dynasty history, the Han-shu. His father, Ban Biao, was a historian who edited a 65 volume work Houchuan, a historical work which was intended to follow on from Sima Qian’s Shiji. Ban-gu compiled the Han-shu in order to continue his father's work. He was made an official scribe by the Ming Emperor, and served the Emperor for over 20 years from A.D. 58. He nearly finished his work, but died in jail at the age of 61 after being associated with a rebellion while serving in the Army of the Xiong Nu during the era of Emperor He. His sister Han-zhao succeeded him in his work and completed the 100 volumes of the Han-shu. It is highly admired, along with Sima Qian’s Shiji, still considered to be one of the two finest books of historical writing in China.|
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