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By John S. Major, An Liu

Compiled through students on the court docket of Liu An, king of Huainan, within the moment century B.C.E, The Huainanzi is a tightly prepared, subtle articulation of Western Han philosophy and statecraft. Outlining "all glossy monarch must know," the textual content emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and psychological self-discipline, brilliantly synthesizing for readers prior and current the whole spectrum of early chinese language thought.

The Huainanzi locates the major to profitable rule in a stability of vast wisdom, diligent software, and the penetrating knowledge of a sage. it's a exact and artistic synthesis of Daoist classics, similar to the Laozi and the Zhuangzi; works linked to the Confucian culture, similar to the alterations, the Odes, and the records; and a variety of different foundational philosophical and literary texts from the Mozi to the Hanfeizi.

The manufactured from twelve years of scholarship, this striking translation preserves The Huainanzi's certain rhetorical positive aspects, reminiscent of parallel prose and verse, and showcases a compositional process that conveys the work's robust philosophical allure. This path-breaking quantity could have a transformative effect at the box of early chinese language highbrow historical past and should be of significant curiosity to students and scholars alike.

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Even before it the balance was necessarily an uneasy one; it rested upon the tension between the will to leadership of the various states " ' " and the ideal of self-sufficiency that no city could renounce without denying its very nature. Apart from the· occasional �lliance, - the states regrouped into amphictyonic partnerships centering, as at Delphi, around 'a ' sanctuary. Union was possible on a religious but noton a political level. ,. in strictly ideological te-nns. There were; on the one hand, those .

S-tCthe phratries during which, at puberty, the Athenian adolescents were enrolled as members of the group by their fathers, following the vote of approval of the phrateres. However, it would seem that this integration into the phratry came about at the end of a period of "latency" during which the ephebe was, in the company of the rest of his age-group, segregated from society and sent to the "wild" frontier regions, where he underwent a military training that constituted a kind of initiation into the status of a warrior, as well as into that of a member of the community.

To' consider no more than the religious a:spect of these conflicts, it should be noted that the Greeks could not, cis the Jews did, desire to destroy the gods of the enemy, nor, in the manner of the Hittites or the Romans, t�ke them over as exiles so that the religious powers of the enemy could be assimilated. Since the gods were common to both camps they were invoked as arbiters who would guaran­ tee the rules that both sides had to obse�e. -T� this e�tent the wars between the city-states were an extension of the family con­ frontations of the vendetta.

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