Four Books and Five Classics

Four Books and Five Classics

The Four Books and Five Classics (zh-tsp|t=四書五經|s=四书五经|p=Sìshū Wŭjīng) are the authoritative books of Confucianism in China written before 300 BC.

Four Books

The Four Books are Chinese classic texts that Zhu Xi selected, in the Song dynasty, as an introduction to Confucianism:
* The "Great Learning" (大學)
* The "Doctrine of the Mean" (中庸)
* The "Analects of Confucius" (論語)
* The "Mencius" (孟子).

Five Classics

The Five Classics is a corpus of five ancient Chinese books used by Confucianism as the basis of studies. According to tradition, they were compiled or edited by Confucius himself. They are*
* "Classic of Changes" (易經) (also known as the I Ching)
* "Classic of Poetry" (詩經)
* "Classic of Rites" (禮記)
* "Classic of History" (書經)
* "Spring and Autumn Annals" (春秋)

ee also

* Chinese classic texts
* Chinese literature


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