Classical Chinese

Classical Chinese is the most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on the language, literature, philosophy, history and religion of pre-modern China. Rigorously and extensively field-tested and fine-tuned for years in classroom settings, it sets a new standard for the field. Originally published in three volumes, Classical Chinese appears here in one convenient and easy-to-use volume.

Classical Chinese contains 40 selections from texts written between the fifth century BCE and the first century CE, during which the classical Chinese language was fully developed and standardized. These passages, which express key themes in Chinese humor, wit, wisdom, moral conviction and political ideals, are arranged in the order of complexity of the grammatical patterns they exemplify. Uniquely, each text is translated into both modern Chinese and English. A detailed glossary defines unfamiliar terms and names found in the first part of the textbook, and the last section features in-depth grammatical analyses.

Additional information:

  • Authors: Naiying Yuan, Haitao Tang, James Geiss
  • Size: 11" x 8.5"
  • Pages: 880
  • Paperback
  • Publication: 2017