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Tao Hongjing
- Qin Shi #110
 
陶弘景 1
琴史 #110 2
Tao Hongjing listening to music3  
Tao Hongjing (452 or 456 - 536), style name Tongming, was from Moling in Danyang (southern Nanjing) and is mostly associated with Juqu Mountain (now called Maoshan) east of there but still in Jiangsu province. As described in his short Qin Shi entry he was widely read and constantly searching for knowledge. In addition to his skills at qin, chess, grass writing and clerical script he was also a master of calendar calculations, geography, medicine, and more.

The Qin Shi entry on Sima Chengzheng says that one of his teachers said something connecting him to the methods of Tao Hongjing.4

The original Qin Shi essay, which covers only two lines, is as follows:5

Tao Hongjing, style name Tongming, was from Danyang. He read more than 10,000 books, and if there was something he didn't understand he would feel very much ashamed. He was good at qin, chess, grass writing and clerical script. He lived at Juqu Mountain and had the nickname Prime Minister of the Mountains. He died at age 85.

 

 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. 陶弘景 Tao Hongjing references (452 or 456 - 536)
42642.26 陶弘景 says Tao Hongming was 南北朝秣陵,字通明 from Moling (in Danyang, southern Nanjing) during the Northern and Southern Dynasties period. It adds a number of further skills to those mentioned in the Qin Shi biography.
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2. 2 lines
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3. Tao Hongjing listening to music
This image, found with 42642.26, is from 三才圖會 Sancai Tuhui.
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4. Tao Yinju zheng yi fa
The Sima Chengzheng entry says, "「我得陶隱居正一法,逮汝四世矣。」. 42639.210 陶隱居 says 梁人,參見陶弘景條 Tao Yinju was a man of the Liang dynasty, see the Tao Hongjing entry", but 43642.26 陶弘景 does not include the expression 隱居 and I do not yet understand this passage or the connection.
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5. Original Qin Shi text
陶弘景字通明,丹陽人。讀書萬餘卷,一事不知以為深恥。善琴棊,工草隸。居句曲山,號山中宰相。卒年八十五。
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