The article explores the newly discovered calendrical materials from the Qin and Han eras to argue that the so-called “event calendars” were used by local authorities to monitor and control the efficiency of subordinate officials’ performance. The analysis is based on a new interpretation of the Qin record on the conduct of shrine services (tablet 8−138+8−174+8−522+8−523) and the “Statute on the checking of convicts” from the Yuelu Academy collection of Qin manuscripts.
Barbieri-LowAnthony and YatesRobin D.S.Law State and Society in Early Imperial China: A Study with Critical Edition and Translation of the Legal Texts from Zhangjiashan Tomb no. 247 (Leiden and Boston: Brill2015).
Chen Wei 陳偉 “Yuelu shuyuan Qin jian ‘zhiri’ chubu yanjiu” 岳麓書院秦簡“質日”初歩研究 paper presented at the conference on the excavated textual materials from China organized by the Japanese Association for the Study of Excavated Chinese Materials and Institute for Yangzi Studies of Waseda University. Translated in Japanese by Kudō Motoo 工藤元男 and Mori Masashi 森和 in Chūgoku shutsudo shiryō kenkyū 中國出土資料研究 16 (2012a) 71–85.
Kudō Motoo 工藤元男 “Guchūreki no engen – ‘nichisho,’ ‘shisho,’ ‘shitsunichi’ no kanichi” 具注曆の淵源—“日書”·“視日”·“質日”の間— Tōyōshi kenkyū 東洋史研究 2013.72/21–24; The Chinese translation was published in Jianbo 9 (2014) 311–336.