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    DescriptionThe Tang Dynasty (618-907), traditionally regarded as the goldenage of China, was a time of patricians and intellectuals, Buddhist monks and Taoist priests, poetry and music, song and dance. In China's Golden Age: Everyday Life in the Tang Dynasty, Charles Benn paints a vivid picture of the lifestyle behind the grandeur of the Tang culture. All aspects of day-to-day life are presented, including crime, entertainment, fashion, marriage, food, hygiene, dwellings, and transportation. Attend an ancient feast to celebrate an imperial birthday, where ale was served in elaborate pitchers before a meal of fourteen hors d'oeuvres and twenty-three courses. Learn which colors concubines used for their eye makeup and beauty marks, and what their jealous wives did to discourage such enhancement. See the similarities between today's pubs and the Tang alehouses, where women were hired to dance and sing to encourage patrons to stay longer and spend more money. Decide for yourself why Yangzhou, a city on the Grand Canal close to the Yangtze River, was considered one of the greatest cities in the Tang Dynasty. Benn translates and paraphrases his classical Chinese sources from the Tang era with fresh and polished prose. He also includes his own illustrations of everything from tools and hairstyles to musical instruments and courtyard dwellings. A history of the rise and fall of the dynasty is presented, as is a look at the societal structure of the aristocracy, bureaucracy, eunuchs, clergy, peasants, artisans, merchants, and slaves. This thorough explanation provides fascinating insight into a culture and time that is often misunderstood by Westerners and brings alive both the everyday routine and the timeless splendor of this intellectually and artistically powerful epoch. Enjoy your journey in China's Golden Age, and come back to the present with a greater understanding of this amazing time.


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    Title
    China's Golden Age
    Subtitle
    Everyday Life in the Tang Dynasty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Benn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195176650
    ISBN 10: 0195176650
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3F
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC, 3F
    DC22: 951/.017
    LC classification: DS749.35 .B46 2004
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 951.017
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHF
    Illustrations note
    numerous line drawings, 2 maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    28 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Charles Benn is an independent scholar and an adjunct professor at The University of Hawaii.