Although both ancient and modern Chinese are mostly written with the same characters, the modern daughter languages have become very different from the ancient one. One of the most conspicious differences is just that the terse, monosyllabic nature of Classical Chinese -- , "old writing," or , "literary language" -- has given way to many more particles, polysyllabic words, and periphrastic idioms. The following story, given in both Classical Chinese and a translation into modern Mandarin , -- or the , "colloquial speech, vernacular" -- illustrates the difference. This is also a salutary example for one's view of government, as Confucius indeed makes clear to his students [I am unaware of the provenance of this text].
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Chinese Porcelain Artists and Marks on Dated Porcelain This is a work in progress attempting to chart Chinese porcelain artists of the late Qing dynasty and also an attempt to chart porcelain pieces with dates in their inscription. This page is a source table that includes both all dated items we have so far. For those particularly interest in specific interest, please see the Gallery which lists only the artists. For the moment the numbers is the rightmost column is a unique item number for this table only.
The Empress asks the Crown Prince to help kill him. When the Prince hesitates, she seeks the throne for herself. A loose adaptation of Hamlet. The screenplay, performances, action scenes, art direction, cinematography, music and Feng Xiaogang's direction are superb.