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The other Greek : an introduction to Chinese and Japanese characters, their history and influence

Author: Arthur R V Cooper; Imre Galambos
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Other Greek, Arthur Cooper offers a captivating and unorthodox introduction to the world of the Chinese script through the medium of poetry, explaining the structure, meaning and cultural significance of each character. Written nearly half a century ago, and now published posthumously, the book argues that the role of Chinese writing was analogous to the influence of Greek civilization on Western culture.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cooper, Arthur R. V., -1988, author.
Other Greek
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
(DLC) 2018041596
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur R V Cooper; Imre Galambos
ISBN: 9789004369047 900436904X
OCLC Number: 1050140662
Description: viii, 380 pages ; 30 cm
Contents: Etymology as the principle of Chinese writing --
Introducing Chinese characters --
Deerpark hermitage --
River snow: part one-the other Greek --
River snow: part two-word-building --
River snow: part three-rhythm --
Windows --
Stars and seething pots --
The ballad of the ancient cypress --
On releasing a wild goose --
Ware, ware, snares for hares --
"The way": Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu and Lieh Tzu --
When I was green --
Snow and plum --
Farewell to the god of plagues.
Responsibility: by Arthur Cooper ; edited by Imre Galambos.

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"In The Other Greek, Arthur Cooper offers a captivating and unorthodox introduction to the world of the Chinese script through the medium of poetry, explaining the structure, meaning and cultural significance of each character. Written nearly half a century ago, and now published posthumously, the book argues that the role of Chinese writing was analogous to the influence of Greek civilization on Western culture. Chinese is the Greek of the Far East, 'the other Greek'! Originally a cryptanalyst, Cooper uses his professional--and distinctly non-academic--training to analyse Chinese characters and points out a series of unacknowledged associations between them. Ultimately, he aims to initiate the reader with no prior knowledge of the language into Chinese writing and poetry"--

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