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Ying-shih Yü

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178587

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178587.001.0001

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The Seating Order at the Hong Men Banquet

The Seating Order at the Hong Men Banquet

(p.122) 6. The Seating Order at the Hong Men Banquet
Chinese History and Culture

Ying-shih Yü

, Josephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke
Columbia University Press

Through investigating historical examples from both literary and archaeological sources, this essay discusses how and why the seating order at the Hongmen banquet of Xiang Yu and Liu Bang, competitors for the Han throne in the third century B.C.E., reveals the limitations of Xiang Yu’s aristocratic background and thus serves as a harbinger of his later defeat by Liu Bang. It also demonstrates how and why Xiang Yu made a great mistake in giving up his idea of killing Liu.

Keywords:   seating order, Hong Men, Xiang Yu, Liu Bang, Sima Qian, Xiang Po, Fan Zeng

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