2004 Volume 68 Issue 2 Pages 165-173
Pan Yue (AD 247-300) was a court official of the Jin dynasty and one of the greatest poets in 3rd Century China. This paper examines his dwelling and his landscape theory, analysing his Xianju fu (Poetic Essay on the Idle Life), Qiuxing fu (Poetic Essay on Autumn Meditations) and other literary works. Though being generally considered as a suburban dwelling, his house and garden were actually located inside the capital city, Luoyang. Accordingly the Xianju fu can be regarded as one of the oldest essays on a private urban dwelling in China. In the Qiuxing fu he discussed why people feel sad when they see landscape.