On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince

Kobo ebook | August 1, 2009

byMatteo Ricci, Timothy Billings

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" On Friendship , with its total of one hundred sayings, is the perfect gift for friends."& mdash;Feng Yingjing, renowned scholar and civic official, 1601 Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) is best known as the Italian Jesuit missionary who brought Christianity to China. He also published a landmark text on friendship& mdash;the first book to be written in Chinese by a European& mdash;that instantly became a late Ming best seller. On Friendship distilled the best ideas on friendship from Renaissance Latin texts into one hundred pure and provocative Chinese maxims. Written in a masterful classical style, Ricci's sayings established his reputation as a great sage and the sentiments still ring true. Available for the first time in English, On Friendship matches a carefully edited Chinese text with a facing-page English translation and includes notes on sources and biographical, historical, and cultural information. Still admired in China for its sophistication and inspirational wisdom, On Friendship is a delightful cross-cultural work by a crucial and fascinating historical figure. It is also an excellent tool for learning Chinese, pairing a superb model of the classical language with an accessible and accurate translation.

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" On Friendship , with its total of one hundred sayings, is the perfect gift for friends."& mdash;Feng Yingjing, renowned scholar and civic official, 1601 Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) is best known as the Italian Jesuit missionary who brought Christianity to China. He also published a landmark text on friendship& mdash;the first book to be...

Timothy Billings holds advanced degrees in sinology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and in English literature from Cornell University. For more than ten years he has been a professor at Middlebury College, where he teaches Shakespeare and world literature. His critical edition of Victor Sega...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023152028X

ISBN - 13:9780231520287

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
On Friendship

Chronology of Editions
Texts and Variants
Sources and Notes
Index

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On Friendship is the perfect concatenation of supernal genius and brilliant scholarship. Matteo Ricci was Christianity's foundational and most effective voice in the late Ming dynasty, created the first scheme for the romanization of Chinese, introduced Western knowledge about science and government to the Middle Kingdom, and has a seemingly endless stream of other mind-boggling accomplishments to his credit. Timothy Billings possesses that rare blend of sinological expertise and Renaissance learning, enabling him to render Ricci's evocative classical Chinese maxims into elegant English and annotate them with extraordinary precision and clarity. The result is a beautiful book for the ages.