Robert Temple is a visiting professor of the history and philosophy of science at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He also is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; member of the Egypt Exploration Society, Royal Historical Society, Institute of Classical Studies, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies; and visiting research fellow of the University of the Aegean in Greece. He is the author of 10 books, including The Sirius Mystery and Oracles of the Dead, and lives in England with his wife, Olivia.
" . . . a top pick for any college-level collection strong in
Chinese history and culture, offering a revised full-color edition
that brings to life elements of ancient Chinese history."--The
Midwest Book Review, Mar 2008
" . . . richly illustrative narrative utilizing facsimiles of historical script and beautifully done photography. . . . a rigorous, but pleasurable intellectual endeavor without the trappings of tedious academic script. Fully referenced and loaded with facts . . . "--Robert Figler, Ph.D., Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 17, No. 3
"These days, we Americans would do well to understand the Chinese as thoroughly as we can; this book is a good starting point in beginning to understand that before 'we discovered' the Orient, it was doing fine without us and our primitive technologies."--Curled Up with a Good Book, Dec 2007
" . . . a must-have for history buffs and anyone who is interested in the rich and diverse contributions of ancient China to the modern world."--Vision Magazine, Feb 2008