This lecture is designed to introduce the audience to the Shang – the second of traditional Chinese history’s three dynasties of high antiquity. The lecture will focus on the archaeology and early texts discovered at the site of Anyang where the last capital of the Shang was discovered in 1928. In addition to introducing the audience to the sources of Shang history, I will attempt to paint a picture of the strange world of the Shang: a world of endemic warfare and human sacrifice but also of great artistic achievement when the foundations of later Chinese civilization were laid. A world before Confucius where the ancestors ruled along with the living and the land itself was alive with numinous powers.
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.