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  • 140


    Under Wudi, the works of Confucius made the official imperial philosophy and required reading for civil service examinations in 140 BC which was continued unbroken until the end of the 19th Century.
  • 206

    Han Dynasty

    Confucianism was revived during the Han dynasty 206 BC-AD 220. The success of Han Confucianism was because Tung Chung-shu, who wanted a system of education built upon the teachings of Confucius.
  • 223


    In 223 BC when the Qin state conquered all of Chin, Li Ssu, Prime Minister of the Qin Dynasty convinced Qin Shi Huang to abandon the Confucians' recommendation of awarding fiefs akin to the Zhou Dynasty. When the Confucian advisers pressed their point, Li Ssu had many Confucian scholars killed and their books burned it was considered a huge blow to the philosophy and Chinese scholarship.
  • 300

    Spread of Confucianism

    Almost two centuries after Confucious died, Confucianism soon spread to countries like Korea and Japan. It highly influenced the development of their political systems.
  • 300

    Confucius' Decipils wrote analects

    Confucius' Decipils wrote analects
    Confucius's teachings were later turned into an elaborate set of rules and practices by his numerous disciples and followers, who organized his teachings into the Analects.
  • 300


    After the death of Confucius two major schools of Confucian emerged. One was by Mencius, the other by Hsün-tzu 300-235 BC.
  • 300

    Names of the Analects

    Lun Yu, or the Wisdom of Confucius. Chung Yung, or Doctrine of the Mean. Ta Hsueh, or the Great Learning.
  • Period: 300 to 400


    (400B.C.- 300B.C.)Two of Confucius's most famous Decipils emphasized radically different aspects of his teachings. Mencius (孟子) and Xun Zi (荀子) both composed important teachings in different ways on the ideas associated with Confucius. Mencius (4th century BC) articulated the innate goodness in human beings as a source of the ethical intuitions that guide people, while Xun Zi (3rd century BC) underscored the realistic matters.
  • 500


    Confucius started a group and was a mentor to a group of younger men. Teaching them the ways of wisdom and intelligence.
  • 500

    Beliefs and Rituals

    Beliefs and Rituals
    Confucianism is the view of human nature.It stressed the virtures of love, truthfulness and loyalty. It regards Heaven. Confucianism does not prescribe any specific rituals or practices.
  • 551

    Confucious was born

    Born in the small state of Lu.
  • Period: Apr 22, 1130 to Apr 22, 1200


    During the Song Dynasty, the scholar Zhu Xi [AD 1130–1200} added ideas from Daoism and Buddhism into Confucianism. Zhu Xi created something different, and called his way of thinking Neo-Confucianism. Neo-Confucianism was in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam until the 19th century.
  • Being translated

    Being translated
    The works of Confucius were translated into European languages like Latin from students in China 1687. It is thought that such works had considerable importance on European thinkers of that period.
  • Modern Era

    The modern era Confucian movements, such as New Confucianism, still existed during the Cultural Revolution, Confucianism was attacked by head figures in the Communist Party of China.
  • Confucius decendants

    Confucius's family, the Kongs, have the longest recorded extant pedigree in the world today. It is currentky on its 83rd generation. He has 2 million known and registered descendants, and there are an estimated 3 million in all.
  • No pictures of Confucius

    No contemporary painting or sculpture of Confucius survives, Carvings often depict the way he may have looked like.
  • Memorial

    After Confucius' death in his hometown they dedicated it to his devotion and remembrance. It is still a major destination for cultural tourism, and many people visit his grave
  • Yin and Yang

    Yin and Yang
    The interaction between the Yin and Yang is thought to be the cause for the creation of all that is. Tao, the Great Ultimate, is the cause of change and generates Yin and Yang. Therefore, we came from Tao, the Great Ultimate, the force that permeates the universe.
  • Death of Confucius

    Death of Confucius
    (479 B.C.) He died at the age of 71 or 72, from natural causes. Confucius was buried in Kong Lin cemetery which lies in the historical part of Qufu.
  • Period: to 500

    Not much about Con.

    During this time period, nobody really thought about Confucianism or Confucius.