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The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Ralph Sawyer

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Notes to the Tomb Texts and Lost Writings
1 The nine configurations that follow, excerpted from the T’ung tien compiled by Tu Yu in the eighth century A.D., are thought to comprise material preserved from the 82-chapter version of the Art of War apparently still extant in the Han dynasty. (See note 211 to the introduction.) The translation generally follows Sun Hsing-yen’s convenient summary in the Sun-tzu shih-chia-chu (Shih-chieh shu-chü, Taipei, 1984), pp. 4-6, with occasional corrections based on the T’ung tien (chüan 159). The different configurations, together with their recommended tactics, should be read in conjunction with chapter 11, “Nine Terrains”; the essential sentences will be found in the notes below. A number of similar situations—contained ...

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