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Ancient China

Literature

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The history of Ancient Chinese Literature spans thousands of years. It includes collections of poetry, historical works, religious writings, and novels. We will list and discuss some of the classical works of Chinese literature below.

Four Books and Five Classics

The Four Books and Five Classics were perhaps the most influential written works in Ancient Chinese history. They outlined the philosophies and ideas of Confucianism. Knowledge of these works was very important in order to pass the civil service exams.

Four Books Five Classics Four Great Classical Novels

These novels are considered the greatest and most influential novels of Ancient China. They were written during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Their stories are very popular in China and have been retold many times in Chinese opera, movies, and modern books. History and Education Poetry

Poetry was a very important part of Ancient Chinese life. All educated people wrote and read poetry and it was taken very seriously as a major art form. Interesting facts about Ancient Chinese Literature Take a ten question quiz about this page.

For more information on the civilization of Ancient China:

Overview
Timeline of Ancient China
Geography of Ancient China
Silk Road
The Great Wall
Forbidden City
Terracotta Army
The Grand Canal
Battle of Red Cliffs
Opium Wars
Inventions of Ancient China
Glossary and Terms

Dynasties
Major Dynasties
Xia Dynasty
Shang Dynasty
Zhou Dynasty
Han Dynasty
Period of Disunion
Sui Dynasty
Tang Dynasty
Song Dyanasty
Yuan Dynasty
Ming Dynasty
Qing Dynasty

Culture
Daily Life in Ancient China
Religion
Mythology
Numbers and Colors
Legend of Silk
Chinese Calendar
Festivals
Civil Service
Chinese Art
Clothing
Entertainment and Games
Literature

People
Confucius
Kangxi Emperor
Genghis Khan
Kublai Khan
Marco Polo
Puyi (The Last Emperor)
Emperor Qin
Emperor Taizong
Sun Tzu
Empress Wu
Zheng He
Emperors of China

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