- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: October 2013
- Print publication year: 2013
- Online ISBN: 9781139017466
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139017466
The ancient Chinese were profoundly influenced by the Sun, Moon and stars, making persistent efforts to mirror astral phenomena in shaping their civilization. In this pioneering text, David W. Pankenier introduces readers to a seriously understudied field, illustrating how astronomy shaped the culture of China from the very beginning and how it influenced areas as disparate as art, architecture, calendrical science, myth, technology, and political and military decision-making. As elsewhere in the ancient world, there was no positive distinction between astronomy and astrology in ancient China, and so astrology, or more precisely, astral omenology, 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 astronomical phenomena in the development of the 'Celestial Empire' from the late Neolithic through the late imperial period.
Nicholas Campion - Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
Li Feng - Columbia University, New York
Martin Kern - Princeton University, New Jersey
Göran Malmqvist - Professor Emeritus, Stockholm University, and Member, Swedish Academy
Michael Puett - Harvard University, Massachusetts
Li Xueqin - Director, Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, and Director, Institute of Sinology, Tsinghua University
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