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- DescriptionThe ancient Chinese were profoundly influenced by the Sun, Moon and stars, making persistent efforts to mirror astral phemena in shaping their civilization. In this pioneering text, David W. Pankenier introduces readers to a seriously understudied field, illustrating how astromy shaped the culture of China from the very beginning and how it influenced areas as disparate as art, architecture, calendrical science, myth, techlogy, and political and military decision-making. As elsewhere in the ancient world, there was positive distinction between astromy and astrology in ancient China, and so astrology, or more precisely, astral omelogy, is a principal focus of the book. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including archaeological discoveries, classical texts, inscriptions and paleography, this thought-provoking book documents the role of astromical phemena in the development of the 'Celestial Empire' from the late Neolithic through the late imperial period.
- Author BiographyDavid W. Pankenier is Professor of Chinese at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. His current research interests range from the history of ideas in early China, to archaeoastronomy and cultural astronomy. He is particularly interested in the connection between rare astronomical phenomena and epoch-making political and military events in ancient China.
- Author(s)David W. Pankenier
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication05/03/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note138 b/w illus. 6 maps 9 tables
- Weight810 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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