There is little consensus among scholars, however, on the date or authorship of the ) in the second century C.
E., the story of Laozi gained an important hagiographic dimension.
This completes the main part of Sima Qian's account.
The remainder puts on record attempts to identify the legendary Laozi with certain known historical individuals and concludes with a list of Laozi's purported descendants (see W. Chan 1963, Lau 1963, and Henricks 2000 for an English translation).
With their own complex histories and rich internal differences, the two are deeply intertwined. His surname was Li; his given name was Er, and he was also called Dan. E.) had consulted him on certain ritual matters, we are told, and praised him lavishly afterward ( and other early Chinese sources.