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In 1973, the unsealing of the Mawangdui tombs in China's Hunan province yielded up a treasure trove of texts that have profoundly altered our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Among the documents discovered in the richly furnished tomb of a second-century B.C.E. aristocrat were five texts written on silk that contained primary works on Huang-Lao Taoism and Yin In 1973, the unsealing of the Mawangdui tombs in China's Hunan province yielded up a treasure trove of texts that have profoundly altered our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Among the documents discovered in the richly furnished tomb of a second-century B.C.E. aristocrat were five texts written on silk that contained primary works on Huang-Lao Taoism and Yin-yang philosophy that had been lost to mankind for more than two thousand years--a discovery equivalent to the unearthing of the Dead Sea Scrolls.Now Prof. Robin D. S. Yates, a noted expert in Chinese history and philosophy, offers the first translation of these precious texts into a Western language. With the publication of this volume, documents of inestimable value once again take their place in the canon of world literature and philosophy. Prefaced with Professor Yates's informative introduction, FIVE LOST SCROLLS is as accessible to general readers as it is illuminating to scholars.


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In 1973, the unsealing of the Mawangdui tombs in China's Hunan province yielded up a treasure trove of texts that have profoundly altered our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Among the documents discovered in the richly furnished tomb of a second-century B.C.E. aristocrat were five texts written on silk that contained primary works on Huang-Lao Taoism and Yin In 1973, the unsealing of the Mawangdui tombs in China's Hunan province yielded up a treasure trove of texts that have profoundly altered our understanding of Chinese intellectual history. Among the documents discovered in the richly furnished tomb of a second-century B.C.E. aristocrat were five texts written on silk that contained primary works on Huang-Lao Taoism and Yin-yang philosophy that had been lost to mankind for more than two thousand years--a discovery equivalent to the unearthing of the Dead Sea Scrolls.Now Prof. Robin D. S. Yates, a noted expert in Chinese history and philosophy, offers the first translation of these precious texts into a Western language. With the publication of this volume, documents of inestimable value once again take their place in the canon of world literature and philosophy. Prefaced with Professor Yates's informative introduction, FIVE LOST SCROLLS is as accessible to general readers as it is illuminating to scholars.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    A complete English translation, Chinese texts and study of the Huang-Lao documents found at Mawangdui in 1973 and thought to be the long lost Huangdi Sijing texts. The contents are a strange mixture of Daoist and Legalist thought and shed light on the contents of syncretic collections such as the Huainanzi and Guanzi. Essential reading for people interested in early philosophical Daoism.

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