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Matteo Ricci : a Jesuit in the Ming Court

Author: Michela Fontana
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2011], ³2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
A biography of Matteo Ricci, an Italian and the first Jesuit missionary to China, who is credited as an outstanding cultural mediator between China and the West and performed important scientific work.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Matteo Ricci; Matteo Ricci; Matteo Ricci
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michela Fontana
ISBN: 9781442205864 1442205865 9781442205888 1442205881
OCLC Number: 691204208
Notes: Translation of: Matteo Ricci / Michela Fontana. -- Milano : Mondadori, c2005. -- 347 pages ; 23 cm.
Description: xv, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Jesuit and mathematics --
In the East --
The difficulty of learning Chinese --
The man from the West --
The pride of Li Madou --
The meeting of Confucius and Euclid --
Metamorphosis into Mandarin --
The strength of friendship --
To Beijing! --
Heated disputes and science lessons --
Prisoner of the eunuch --
In the heart of the empire --
The empty throne --
The lord of heaven --
Doctor Paul --
Euclid becomes Chinese --
The open door --
After Matteo Ricci : the scientific legacy, triumph and persecution.
Other Titles: Matteo Ricci.
Responsibility: Michela Fontana.


Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) 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  Read more...
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Fontana chronicles the life of a 16th-century foreign missionary with historical precision, geographical vision, and linguistic acumen while maintaining an engaging, inviting prose. This is the story Read more...

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