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Ancient Greece and China Compared

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G. E. R. Lloyd, Nathan Sivin, Walter Scheidel, Robert Wardy, R. A. H. King, Jingyi Jenny Zhao, Lisa Raphals, Michael Puett, Jeremy Tanner, Yiqun Zhou, Reviel Netz, Karine Chemla, Vivienne Lo, Eleanor Re-em, Xinyi Liu, Evi Margaritis, Martin Jones, Michael Nylan, Michael Loewe
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  • Date Published: February 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107086661

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  • Ancient Greece and China Compared is a pioneering, methodologically sophisticated set of studies, bringing together scholars who all share the conviction that the sustained critical comparison and contrast between ancient societies can bring to light significant aspects of each that would be missed by focusing on just one of them. The topics tackled include key issues in philosophy and religion, in art and literature, in mathematics and the life sciences (including gender studies), in agriculture, city planning and institutions. The volume also analyses how to go about the task of comparing, including finding viable comparanda and avoiding the trap of interpreting one culture in terms appropriate only to another. The book is set to provide a model for future collaborative and interdisciplinary work exploring what is common between ancient civilisations, what is distinctive of particular ones, and what may help to account for the latter.

    • Provides pioneering comparative studies of ancient Greece and China which reveal to readers aspects of each civilisation that would be missed by concentrating on just one of them
    • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach exploring both cultural and intellectual activities and their social and political background
    • Boasts an international cast of contributors including both senior and up-and-coming scholars
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107086661
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.05kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction G. E. R. Lloyd
    Part I. Methodological Issues and Goals:
    1. Why some comparisons make more difference than others Nathan Sivin
    2. Comparing comparisons Walter Scheidel
    3. On the very idea of (philosophical?) translation Robert Wardy
    Part II. Philosophy and Religion:
    4. Freedom in parts of the Zhuangzi and Epictetus R. A. H. King
    5. Shame and moral education in Aristotle and Xunzi Jingyi Jenny Zhao
    6. Human and animal in early China and Greece Lisa Raphals
    7. Genealogies of ghosts, gods and humans: the capriciousness of the Divine in early Greece and China Michael Puett
    Part III. Art and Literature:
    8. Visual art and historical representation in Ancient Greece and China Jeremy Tanner
    9. Helen and Chinese femmes fatales Yiqun Zhou
    Part IV. Mathematics and Life Sciences:
    10. Divisions, big and small: comparing Archimedes and Liu Hui Reviel Netz
    11. Abstraction as a value in the historiography of mathematics in Ancient Greece and China Karine Chemla
    12. Recipes for love in the ancient world Vivienne Lo and Eleanor Re'em
    Part V. Agriculture, Planning and Institutions:
    13. From the harvest to the meal in prehistoric China and Greece: a comparative approach to the social context of food Xinyi Liu, Evi Margaritis and Martin Jones
    14. On libraries and manuscript culture in Western Han Chang'an and Alexandria Michael Nylan
    Afterword Michael Loewe.

  • Editors

    G. E. R. Lloyd, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge
    G. E. R. Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge, Former Master of Darwin College, Cambridge, and Senior Scholar in Residence at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge. He is the author of twenty-two books and editor of four, and was knighted for 'services to the history of thought' in 1997.

    Jingyi Jenny Zhao, University of Cambridge
    Jingyi Jenny Zhao is Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellow at the Needham Research Institute and at Darwin College, Cambridge.

    In collaboration with

    Qiaosheng Dong, University of Cambridge
    Qiaosheng Dong is currently affiliated to the Cambridge Peking University China Centre at Jesus College.


    G. E. R. Lloyd, Nathan Sivin, Walter Scheidel, Robert Wardy, R. A. H. King, Jingyi Jenny Zhao, Lisa Raphals, Michael Puett, Jeremy Tanner, Yiqun Zhou, Reviel Netz, Karine Chemla, Vivienne Lo, Eleanor Re-em, Xinyi Liu, Evi Margaritis, Martin Jones, Michael Nylan, Michael Loewe

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