chapter  6
Arts of Government
Pages 40

High officers meritorious for founding the Former Han Dynasty gathered to brag, drink, and, when high-spirited, shout and bang their drawn swords on pillars. Annoyed by his former comrades, Gaodì appointed Confucians to design protocols. Watching hundreds of officers perform a perfect ceremony in 200 BCE, he remarked, “Now I know the dignity of being emperor.”1