Confucius Fact Sheet: Who was Confucius? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Confucius.
Confucius Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 551 – 479 BC *** Full Name: His personal name was King Qiu, his courtesy name was Zhongni, in Chinese his name was Kongzi, he was also known honorifically as Kong Fuzi meaning “Grand Master Kong” and the Latinized name would become Confucius *** Occupation: Chinese Teacher, Editor, Politician and Philosopher *** Date of Birth: Confucius was born on September 28th 551 BC *** Place of Birth: Confucius was born in Zou, Lu state *** Family background: His father was Kong He was an officer in the Lu military and died when he son was just three years old and he was raised by his mother Yan Zhengzai. His mother also died quite young, before she was forty years *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his mother. It is thought his family migrated from the Song State to Lu state and that Confucius was descendant from the Shang dynasty Kings through the Dukes of Song *** Education: Confucius received his education in schools meant for common children and he learned the Six Arts ***
Confucius Fact 1:
Confucius was born on September 28th
551 BC and during the period in
history when Cyrus conquers Babylon
and is known as the Axial Age where
five great thinkers emerge across
the globe including Buddha and
Mahavira in India, Pythagoras in
Greece, Zoroaster in Persia and
Confucius in China.
Confucius Fact 3: The head of the ruling ducal house was the Lu state.
Confucius Fact 4: Three
aristocratic families bearing the
title of viscount came under the
Duke and whose positions were
hereditary within the Lu
Confucius Fact 9: Having attempted to get each head of the three families to dismantle their walls in a bid to achieve the restoration of the legitimate Duke, he would not be successful.
Confucius Fact 10: During his attempts to this end he would make many enemies along the way and he would finally feel the need to flee the state of Lu. He left without resigning his position and would stay in self-exile until Viscount Ji Huan died.
Confucius Fact 11: While in
exile Confucius traveled visiting
the states of Song, Chen, Cai and
Confucius Fact 16: He greatly believed in empathy and the understanding of others rather than by ordained rules.
Confucius Fact 17: He was also a great advocate of encouraging people to be naturally moral and not by being coerced or bribed.
Confucius Fact 18: Confucius died in 479 BC in Lu State aged seventy one years!
Influence and Legacy of Confucius: He explained in the following terms "If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. If they be led by virtue, and uniformity sought to be given them by the rules of propriety, they will have the sense of the shame, and moreover will become good."
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