S1E06-Welcome to the Jar
This week Laszlo digs up another doozie, starring some Tang Dynasty inquisitors in the employ of China’s one and only Empress to rule as the head of state.
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE:
Tang Dynasty 唐朝 Chinese dynasty that ran 618-907
Qǐng Jūn Rú Wèng 请君入瓮To Invite the gentleman into the urn.
Qǐng 请 to invite
Jūn 君 a gentleman
Rù 入 to enter
Wèng 瓮 earthenware vase or urn
Song Dynasty 宋朝 Chinese dynasty that ran 960-1279
Zīzhì Tōngjiàn 资治通鉴 “Comprehensive Mirror in Aid of Governance.”
Sīmǎ Guāng 司马光 Song Dynasty renowned scholar official, lived 1019-1086
Shénzōng 神宗 Song emperor from 1048-1085
Táng Jì 唐记 the Annals of Tang
Zhōu Xìng 周兴 An official in the employ of the Tang Dynasty version of the Gong’an or Public Security Bureau.
Kāng Shēng 康生 Chief of CCP Secret police in pre-Liberation times
Empress Dowager Cíxǐ Tàihòu 慈禧太后 The Qing Dynasty Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu-Hsi)
Wǔ Zétiān 武则天 One-time empress of China, founder of her own “dynasty”.
Zhōu Dynasty 周朝 Wu Zetian’s dynasty that lasted from 690-705
Lái Jùnchén 来俊臣 The Tang Dynasty Secret Police Chief
Qiū Shénjī 丘神勣 a General in the Tang Army
Lao Zhou 老周 “Old” Zhou…like saying “Old Boy”
Chang’an 长安 Present day Xian, Shaanxi…but back in the Tang the place was known as Chang’an.