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Table Of Contents

Christopher Clavius, Mathematics, and Astronomy
Departure: “All Those Seas”
Macao, the Gateway to China
The Name of China, Ideograms, and Brushes
Residence on Chinese Soil in Zhaoqing
Discovering Chinese Society
Expulsion from Zhaoqing
The Buddhist Monastery and the Mummy of Liuzu
Doing Sums with Brush and Paper
Social Relations and Popular Hostility
Distance and Nostalgia
Expulsion from Nanjing
China and the Cathay of Marco Polo
A Courteous Welcome to Nanchang
I Cannot Tell a Lie
Astronomy and the Emperor
Along the “Grand Canal” to the Capital
The First Time in Beijing, the City of Dust
Withdrawal to the South
Social Life in Nanjing
An Argument with a Buddhist
The Forgotten Astronomical Observatory
The Eunuchs, the Emperor’s Private Bureaucracy
Imprisonment and Liberation
The Solemn Entrance into Beijing
The Golden Prison of the Emperor Wanli
Imprisonment in the “Foreigners’ Castle”
The Audience in the Forbidden City
Other Memorials on the Ricci Case
Ricci Settles in Beijing by Order of the Emperor
Constellations, Arithmetic, and Christian Doctrine
Anti-Buddhist Persecution
Valignano’s Help to Strengthen the Mission
Paul Xu, the “Pillar” of the Mission
Examinations and Baptisms
Commending Virtue: The Twenty-five Discourses
“Send Me an Astronomer”
The Jew and the “Worshipers of the Cross”
The Death of Valignano
Mathematics at the Service of the Empire
The Translation of Euclid’s Elements
The Perfection of Geometry
The End of the Journey: Ricci’s Death
Wanli’s Tribute
Scientific Work
The Reform of the Calendar
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Matteo Ricci: A Jesuit in the Ming Court

Matteo Ricci: A Jesuit in the Ming Court

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Matteo Ricci (1552–1610), the first of the early Jesuit missionaries of the China mission, is widely considered the most outstanding cultural mediator of all time between China and the West. This engrossing and fluid book offers a thorough, knowledgeable biography of this fascinating and influential man, telling a deeply human and captivating story that still resonates today.

Michela Fontana traces Ricci's travels in China in detail, providing a rich portrait of Ming China and the growing importance of cultural exchanges between China and the West. She shows how Ricci incorporated his ideas of "cultural accommodation" into both his life and his writings aimed at the Chinese elite. Her biography is the first to highlight Ricci's immensely important scientific work and that of key Christian converts, such as Xu Guangqi, who translated Euclid's Elements together with Ricci. Exploring the history of science in China and the West as well as their dramatically different cultural attitudes toward religious and philosophical issues, Michela Fontana introduces not only Ricci's life but the first significant encounter between Western and Chinese civilizations.
Matteo Ricci (1552–1610), the first of the early Jesuit missionaries of the China mission, is widely considered the most outstanding cultural mediator of all time between China and the West. This engrossing and fluid book offers a thorough, knowledgeable biography of this fascinating and influential man, telling a deeply human and captivating story that still resonates today.

Michela Fontana traces Ricci's travels in China in detail, providing a rich portrait of Ming China and the growing importance of cultural exchanges between China and the West. She shows how Ricci incorporated his ideas of "cultural accommodation" into both his life and his writings aimed at the Chinese elite. Her biography is the first to highlight Ricci's immensely important scientific work and that of key Christian converts, such as Xu Guangqi, who translated Euclid's Elements together with Ricci. Exploring the history of science in China and the West as well as their dramatically different cultural attitudes toward religious and philosophical issues, Michela Fontana introduces not only Ricci's life but the first significant encounter between Western and Chinese civilizations.

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