China's golden age : everyday life in the Tang dynasty / Charles Benn.Material type: TextPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004Description: xxii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0195176650; 9780195176650Other title: Everyday life in the Tang dynastyUniform titles: Daily life in traditional China Subject(s): China -- Civilization -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D | Chine -- Civilisation -- 221 av. J.-C.-960 | Civilization | China | Tang-dynastie | Dagelijks leven | Sociale geschiedenis | Alltag | Tangdynastie | Kultur | China | Alltag | Tangdynastie | Chine - Civilisation - 221 av. J.-C.-960 | China | 221 B.C.-960 A.D | Geschichte 618-907DDC classification: 951/.017 LOC classification: DS749.35 | .B46 2004Other classification: 15.75 | NM 9650
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Originally published: Daily life in traditional China. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
"First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2004."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-302) and index.
Reigns of Tang Emperors -- History -- Society -- Cities and Urban Life -- House and Garden -- Clothes and Hygiene -- Food and Feasts -- Leisure and Entertainment -- Travel and Transportation -- Crime and Punishment -- Sickness and Health -- Life Cycle -- Death and the Afterlife -- Epilogue: The Fall.
"The Tang Dynasty (618-907), traditionally regarded as the golden age 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, 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 jealous wives did to discourage such enhancement.
Benn translates and paraphrases his classical Chinese sources from the Tang era with fresh and polished prose and 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."--Jacket.