The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China

The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China

Steven Shankman


A comparative learn of what the main influential writers of old Greece and China idea it intended to have wisdom and whether or not they unusual wisdom from other kinds of knowledge. It surveys chosen works of poetry, background and philosophy from the interval of approximately the 8th via to the second one century Bce, together with Homer's "Odyssey", the traditional chinese language "Classic of Poetry", Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War", Sima Qian's "Records of the Historian", Plato's "Symposium", and Laozi's "Dao de Jing and the writings of Zhuangzi". The goal, via such juxtaposition, is to introduce the foundational texts of every culture which proceed to steer the vast majority of the world's inhabitants.

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