Ban Biao (Chinese: 班彪; pinyin: Bān Biāo; Wade–Giles: Pan1 Piao1, 3–54 CE), courtesy name (Chinese: 叔皮; pinyin: Shūpí; Wade–Giles: Shu1-P'i2), was a Chinese historian and politician born in what is now Xianyang, Shaanxi during the Han Dynasty. He was the nephew of Consort Ban, a famous poet and concubine to Emperor Cheng.

Ban Biao began the Book of Han, which was completed by his son, Ban Gu and daughter Ban Zhao while their brother Ban Chao was a famous general who contributed his stories to expand the Book of Han. Ban Biao wrote an essay titled Treatise on the Mandate of Kings (王命論), which was influential on the Chinese concept of sovereignty [1] and is included in Wenxuan.[2]

Ban Biao and his descendantsEdit

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  1. ^ Loewe (1986), pp. 735–737.
  2. ^ Ban, Biao. "Treatise on the Mandate of Kings". Chinese Notes. Retrieved 12 December 2020.

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