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Chinese Ancient Texts

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Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chinese Ancient Texts (CHANT), a browsable and searchable database, provides full-text access to Chinese classical works and excavated ancient documents. Images of the original scripts can be viewed side by side with the interpretation texts. Created by the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Chinese University of Hong Kong, it comprises 5 full-text databases:

1. Oracular Inscriptions on Tortoise Shells and Bones
2 . Bronze Inscriptions
3. Excavated Wood/Bamboo and Silk Scripts
4. Traditional Chinese Texts of Wei Jin and Northern and Southern Dynasties (220-589 AD
5. The Entire Body of Extant Han and Pre-Han (pre-220 A.D.) Traditional Chinese Texts.

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Not Permitted
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Liu, Wen-ling
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IUB Library Subjects:
  • East Asian Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Art & Art History
  • History

Library of Congress Subjects:

Inscriptions, Chinese.
Manuscripts, Chinese.
Wooden tablets--China.
Chinese classics.
Chinese literature--Qin and Han dynasties, 221 B.C.-220 A.D.
Chinese language--Ancient Chinese, 600-1200.
China--History--To 221 B.C.--Sources.
China--History--Qin dynasty, 221-207 B.C.--Sources.
China--History--Han dynasty, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.--Sources.
China--Imprints--Data processing.