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« Reply #160 on: November 16, 2022, 12:29:51 am »

Hi Joey

Thanks for your feedback. Perhaps 'great' should be more appropriate than 'greatest'.

The Chinese tend to group people or objects of the same characteristics and talent together, like the four great beauties, the four classical novels, etc. They are usually formed of people or objects from the same (or about) the same period.

In this instance, the five great assassins (not four) were all from the early Chinese history of the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States era.

They were recorded in one of the earliest historical records, Shiji (史记) written by a historian of the Han dynasty, Sima Qian (司马迁).

Of course, there were many other assassins in Chinese history after that but these five are the ones who were officially recognised as prominent representatives.

For your reference.

Regards.


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