A New Textual Research on Lifetime of Xunzi
【Abstract】 To describe the lifetime of Xunzi has to be based on the grasping of history materials and imagination of present scholars. With limited materials, the lifetime of Xunzi is listed generally like this: Xunzi was born in 316 B.C. in the State of Zhao.He went to the State of Qi when he was around 15 and studied in Jixia Academy until 30 years old. He left when the State of Qi was defeated by the State of Yan, and stayed in the State of Chu in 286 B.C. to 278 B.C. Later the army of the State of Qin attacked the capital of the State of Chu, and the King Xiang of Qi took back Linzi, which strove Xunxi back to Jixia Academy and became chancellor for three times. In 265 B.C., the King Xiaocheng of Zhao became the King of the State of Zhao, and Fan Ju was in power. Xunzi went to visit them in 265 B.C. to 262 B.C. In 256 B.C., the State of Lu was conquered by the State of Chu,and Xunzi was pointed as the governor of Lanling County. He was dismissed in 238 B.C., but we are not sure if he had left his position to the State of Zhao. He stayed until his death after his dismissal. If he died in 237 B.C. to 235 B.C., his age would be 70 to 80 years old.