Lu Shi Chun Qiu - 呂氏春秋

Lu Shi Chun Qiu is a 3rd century BCE text commissioned by Qin dynasty merchant and prime minister Lu Buwei, with three main parts covering historical records, an almanac and a manual of state ritual. Lu shi chun qiu was written during a Legalist period but challenges the thinking of it’s time.


Knoblock, J. and J. Reigel, The Annals of Lu Bu Wei. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. Chapters 11,2,V, 2, 6,13,14.

This translation includes the Chinese text with translation and annotation. It is based on Chen Qiyou’s edition, which is used by Taiwan’s Academic Sinica for their electronic database see online link to the right.

online resources

For the Original Chinese text ›

Available at the Chinese Text Project, under Pre-Qin and Han - Miscellaneous Schools