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If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.

The first annotated English translation was completed and published by Lionel Giles in 1910.

Sima Qian's 1st century BC work Records of the Grand Historian (Shiji), the first of China's 24 dynastic histories, records an early Chinese tradition stating that a text on military matters was written by one Sun Wu—usually known as "Master Sun" (Sunzi or Sun-tzu)—from the State of Qi, and that this text had been read and studied by King Helu of Wu (r. This text was traditionally identified with the received Master Sun's Art of War.

Beginning around the 12th century, some scholars began to doubt the historical existence of Sunzi, primarily on the grounds that he is not mentioned in the historical classic The Commentary of Zuo (Zuo zhuan 左傳), which mentions most of the notable figures from the Spring and Autumn period.

Unlike Sun Wu, Sun Bin appears to have been an actual person who was a genuine authority on military matters, and may have been the inspiration for the creation of the historical figure "Sunzi" through a form of euhemerism.

It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.

The book was first translated into French in 1772 by the Jesuit Jean Joseph Marie Amiot and a partial translation into English was attempted by British officer Everard Ferguson Calthrop in 1905.

Among the many bamboo slip writings contained in the tombs—which were sealed around 134 and 118 BC, respectively—were two separate texts: one attributed to "Sunzi", corresponding to the received text, and another attributed to Sun Bin, which explains and expands upon the earlier The Art of War by Sunzi.So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be put at risk even in a hundred battles.