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Historical figures in the Analects of Confucius: Old Peng

The identity of Old Peng (老彭), who Confucius “dares” to compare himself with in 7.1 of the Analects, is the source of a great deal of controversy.

Some commentators suggest he was a high-ranking official of the Shang dynasty who was known for transmitting true historical facts without any fabrications or adornments. Confucius therefore invokes his name to show his own commitment to preserving the authenticity of ancient historical documents. Continue reading Historical figures in the Analects of Confucius: Old Peng