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15 July 2015

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Ouyang Xun

Ouyang Xun (557-641), courtesy name Xinben, was a Confucian scholar and calligrapher of the early Tang Dynasty. He was born in Changsha, Hunan Province, to a family of government officials; and died in modern Anhui Province. He was a talented student who read widely in the classics. He served under the Sui Dynasty in 611 as Imperial Doctor. He served under the Tang Dynasty as censor and scholar at the Hongwen Academy. There he taught calligraphy. He was a principal contributor to the Yiwen Leiju. He became the Imperial Calligrapher and inscribed several major imperial steles. He was considered both a cultured scholar and a government official. Along with Yu Shinan, Chu Suiliang and Xue Ji, Ouyang Xun became known as one of the Three Great Calligraphers of the Early Tang.