Cherishing Antiquity: The Cultural Construction of an Ancient Chinese Kingdom Olivia Milburn

ISBN: 9780674726680

Published: November 18th 2013

Hardcover

392 pages


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Cherishing Antiquity: The Cultural Construction of an Ancient Chinese Kingdom  by  Olivia Milburn

Cherishing Antiquity: The Cultural Construction of an Ancient Chinese Kingdom by Olivia Milburn
November 18th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 392 pages | ISBN: 9780674726680 | 10.47 Mb

Cherishing Antiquity describes the commemoration within Chinese literature and culture of the southern kingdom of Wu, which collapsed in 473 BCE. The sudden rise and tragic fall of Wu within the space of just over one century would inspire numerousMoreCherishing Antiquity describes the commemoration within Chinese literature and culture of the southern kingdom of Wu, which collapsed in 473 BCE.

The sudden rise and tragic fall of Wu within the space of just over one century would inspire numerous memorials in and around the city of Suzhou, once the capital of this ancient kingdom. A variety of physical structures, including temples, shrines, steles, and other monuments, were erected in memory of key figures in the kingdoms history. These sites inspired further literary representations in poetry and prose--musings on the exoticism, glamour, great wealth, and hideous end of the last king of Wu. Through an analysis first of the history of Wu as recorded in ancient Chinese texts and then of its literary legacy, Olivia Milburn illuminates the remarkable cultural endurance of this powerful but short-lived kingdom.



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