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Language Of Painting In Ancient China

The painters of Ancient China, swiftly brushing ink and watercolors on silk, were not content merely to imitate nature. They set themselves a more elusive and challenging goal: to capture the spirit as well as the form of their subjects. According to the influential Fifth Century art critic, Hsieh Ho, a painter needed to fulfill [...]

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A Golden Age in Bronze

The Chinese, more than most people, have always looked back on their earliest years as the “good old days,” a time when men were virtuous and life was at its best. Their view of that distant era relied more on fable than on fact, however, until this century, when archeologists unearthed hundreds of objects made [...]

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Ancient China: Royal Sons of Heaven

The monarchs of Ancient China received their mandate to rule from Heaven. They were men, but they were divine men, and they mediated between their spiritual parent Heaven and the actual world called “Under Heaven.” This idea that a great power in the sky conferred upon one especially worthy superman and his successors the right [...]

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Ancient China: A Heritage of Words

The most precious possession of the Chinese people is their language. Through the ages it acquired a vast and flexible vocabulary and grew mature with usage. It is to this language and to the subtle and perceptive men who developed it that Chinese literature owes its greatness. The classical language-the language in which, until recent [...]

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A Life of Contradictions in Ancient China

The traditional components of ancient Chinese society under the supreme ruler were the great lords who governed the land in his name, the knightly gentry who populated their courts arid fought their battles, and the peasants who provided the necessities of life to all classes. Outside this class structure, and therefore hardly recognized as true [...]

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A Guidance Through Religion in Ancient China

If a foreigner had come to the cosmopolitan court of China in the Eighth Century A.D. and asked a gold-robed courtier, “What is the official Chinese religion?” the courtier would have replied, “The proper and seasonable worship of the gods of the mountains, rivers and seas and of our noble ancestors, as laid down in [...]

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China And The Outer World

China taught the world and China learned from it. Through the centuries China’s influence on its neighbors particularly Japan, Korea and Tibet was incalculable, and its contributions to world civilization ranged from mechanical clocks and fireworks to porcelain and poetry. In turn it owed much of its own richness and diversity in medieval times to [...]

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Discoverers and Inventors in Ancient China

The men of Ancient China searched earth and sky to discover the truth about the world and its work­ings, yet they would have been baffled by the idea of “pure science.” They did not probe the unknown for whatever unsuspected truths might still lie hidden there. They did not carry out experiments uncommitted to specific [...]

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The Art of Printing in Ancient China

One of China’s most important contributions to civilization was the invention of printing, a revolutionary development that took place in the Eighth Century, some 700 years before it appeared in Europe. Made possible by two other Chinese in­ventions, paper and ink, printing was at first largely confined to copying Buddhist scriptures. But within 200 years [...]

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The Concept Of Cosmic Plan In Ancient China

Whatever roles in life they played or whatever gods they worshiped, the men of Ancient China viewed themselves as actors performing on a cosmic stage. They were primarily concerned with the structure and form of the world in which they lived and with the mysterious forces that operated within the geometric framework of that world. [...]

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The Middle Kingdom Of Ancient China

In 481 B.C. the lord Szu-ma Niu was driven by rival barons from his fief, one of the many walled towns of northern China, and he set forth on a long journey to the south in search of a new land-holding. His destination was the state known as Wu near the mouth of the great [...]

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Ancient Chinese Art

Interested in ancient Chinese arts? Discover the legacy of ancient Chinese art and the different factors that influenced it throughout the years.The Chinese civilization dates back more than four thousand years. Over the centuries the Chinese have managed to develop a collection of extremely diverse art work. Archeologists have been able to find art work [...]

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Ancient China Timeline

Interested in Ancient China’s history? Want to know the timeline of Ancient China’s important events? Does the timeline of Ancient China’s development interest you? Read our guide for more facts and information…The modern nation of China is rapidly rising in today’s world; but the history of China as a nation began over 5000 years ago. [...]

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Ancient China Clothing

Do you want to know what was in fashion in Ancient China? Have you ever wondered what cultural significance Ancient Chinese Clothing had? Read our guide for more facts and information…Clothing in any society is often a reflection of the culture’s values and beliefs. The clothing and style that individuals wear reflects more than simply [...]

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Ancient China Inventions

China has contributed many modern technological advances; but, have you ever wondered about ancient Chinese inventions? Do you want to know which of Ancient China’s inventions are in use today? Are you interested in how each invention shaped ChinaâAs China grows into a modern day superpower, it is important to remember that China as a [...]

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Ancient China Legal System

Want to know the main principles of Ancient China’s legal system? Interested in learning about the theories that founded the Chinese legal code? Read our guide for more facts and information…Many of the ancient legal systems were considered to be harsh by modern day standards. When societies were beginning to establish civil order and a [...]

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Ancient China Dynasties

Ever wondered about which dynasties ruled Ancient China? Interested in how each dynasty of Ancient China rose and fell? Want to know how Ancient China’s dynasties differed and evolved? Read our guide for more facts and information…Chinese history spans over 5000 years and much of it has written documentation to support its existence. Ancient China [...]

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Ancient China Art

Ancient Chinese Art reaches back to the Neolithic era; however the art forms have varied through out the ancient history due to change in the ruling dynasties and changing technology…The Early Dynasties Earlier art forms discovered in China comprise of pottery with geometrical design, carved jade and bronze goods. The Shang dynasty is known for [...]

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Ancient China Religion

Ancient Chinese Religion has always played an important part in the study of world civilization. The earliest information available about religion in ancient China is during the Shang Dynasty- 2256- 2000 BC.Ancestors of the ancient Chinese nobility were the only ones who were worshipped, whereas the dead of the poor were not considered worthy of [...]

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Ancient China Technology

When the western world had no idea about science, ancient Chinese technology and science was at its most advanced stage. Be it gun powder or paper, technologically China was ahead of any of the ancient civilizations…From ancient to modern Today the western world is rediscovering the advantages of Reiki, Acupuncture and herbal medicines. Technology of [...]

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Ancient China Government

Ancient China had monarchy, i.e. government headed by an emperor and a royal family. Chinese rulers also called monarchs based their government on the Confucian model, which taught that the ruler was a virtuous man who led by example…China like many other countries at that time was an agriculture based country with the river Yangtze [...]

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Daily Life In Ancient China

Daily life in Ancient China is as mysterious as it is old. Ancient Chinese rituals, society, customs and way of life are topics of interest to historians and students alike. If you want to know about life in ancient china read this article …Rich and Poor The Chinese society was structurally complex and not much [...]

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Ancient China Economy

Interested in the ancient Chinese economy? Want to know about economic factors that prevailed in ancient China? Read our guide for more facts & information…For 18 of the last 20 centuries, China has had the largest economy in the world. Before that time, the economy of ancient China introduced to the world a number of [...]

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Ancient China Geography

Interested in the geography of ancient China? Want to know about the geographical knowledge possessed by ancient Chinese scholars? Read our guide for more facts & information…While the landforms in ancient China remain much the same as they were thousands of years ago, the people’s relationships with the land are now quite different. The geography [...]

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Ancient China Social Classes

Interested in the social structure of ancient Chinese? Want to know more about the roles of ancient Chinese social classes? Read our guide for the facts & information you want…In ancient Chinese society, the Fengjian social structure of circa 1046-256 BCE gave rise to Confucian or Legalist scholars’ classification of the Chinese people into four [...]

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Ancient China Ships

Interested in ancient Chinese ships? Want to know about the role of maritime trade in ancient China? Read our guide for more facts & information…In ancient China, ship design took full advantage of the creativity of the Chinese people, and the ships were remarkable even in terms of modern engineering concepts for their ingenious designs. [...]

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Ancient China Sports

Interested in ancient Chinese sports? Want to know what the most popular sport in ancient China was? Read our guide for more facts & information…Wherever humans live in community together, there are games and sports, whether recognized as contests or simply shared physical activities. Keeping fit and having fun have always had a place in [...]

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