CHANT : Chinese Ancient Texts database

August 25, 2011 at 8:10 am Leave a comment


Our access to the Chinese Ancient texts database has been renewed! CHANT is a fulltext database with the following:

    By material:

  • 甲骨文 jiaguwen : inscriptions on oracle bones and tortoise shells;
  • 金文 jinwen: inscriptions on bronze vessels;
  • 竹简帛书I zhujian boshu I: inscriptions on ‘bamboo and silk’ I;
  • 竹简帛书II zhujian boshu II: inscriptions on ‘bamboo and silk’ II;
    By time period:

  • 先秦两汉 xian Qin liang Han: Early Qin and Eastern and Western Han dynasty;
  • 魏晋南北朝 Wei Jin Nanbei chao: Wei, Jin and the Northern and Southern Dynasties.

When following the link to CHANT, press the button saying ‘For IP User Only 只限IP用戶’ to access the database, then choose the texts you would like to read.
Sometimes the ancient characters in CHANT are not showing correctly (only showing a square box); the site wants you to download special fonts for Windows. Hopefully there will be an update at some time to tackle this annoying problem.

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