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Father and Son at the Beginning of Chinese History (ca. 1300BC)


Visiting Research Scholar Lecture

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Father and Son at the Beginning of Chinese History (ca. 1300BC)
13 May 2014, 06:00 PM
ISAW Lecture Hall
Lecture Event
Adam Schwartz (Visiting Asst. Profesor, ISAW)

Hitherto, scholars have had basically no idea what father and son relations were like on a daily basis during China’s ancient period. My talk will use evidence from a newly unearthed and completely preserved Shang dynasty oracle-bone archive to extrapolate about the bond that existed within the royal family between a son, a prince, and his father, the king. One of the three pillars of Chinese society, I will contextualize the constituent elements of this relationship prior to the advent of the concept of filial piety (xiao孝) approximately two centuries later by the Western Zhou (1045-771), the Shang’s successors.

This lecture is sponsored by The Achelis Foundation.

Admission to the lecture hall closes ten minutes after the scheduled start time.

Reception to follow

Event is open to the public