Ban Zhao: A Female Confucian

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The foremost female Confucian of the age of Han was Ban Zhao (ca 45-116 CE), younger sister of the court historian Ban Gu (32 - 92 CE).

Upon Gu's death, Zhao served as imperial historian under Emperor Han Hedi (r. 88-105 CE).

She completed her brother's Han Annals, a history of the Former Han Dynasty, which is generally regarded as second only to the historical work of Sima Qian.

Ban Zhao also served as an adviser on state matters to the Empress Deng, who assumed power as regent for her infant son in 106 CE.

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Ban Zhao: A Female Confucian

The foremost female Confucian of the age of Han was Ban Zhao (ca 45-116 CE), younger sister of the court historian Ban Gu (32 - 92 CE).

Upon Gu's death, Zhao served as imperial historian under Emperor Han Hedi (r. 88-105 CE).

She completed her brother's Han Annals, a history of the Former Han Dynasty, which is generally regarded as second only to the historical work of Sima Qian.

Ban Zhao also served as an adviser on state matters to the Empress Deng, who assumed power as regent for her infant son in 106 CE.

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