Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sun Tzu: The Art of War - 孫子兵法

Sun Tzu (traditional Chinese: 孫子; simplified Chinese: 孙子. His given name is Wǔ (武). His style name is Chángqīng (長卿). Sun Tzu is traditionally believed to be the author of The Art of War, sometimes called the Sun Tzu, an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy considered to be a prime example of Taoist strategy. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Sun Tzu's The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society, and his work has continued to influence both Asian and Western culture and politics.

Traditional accounts place Sun Tzu in the Spring and Autumn Period of China (722–481 BC) as a heroic general of the King of Wu who lived c. 544—496 BC. Scholars accepting his historicity place his supposed writing The Art of War in the Warring States Period (476–221 BC), based on the descriptions of warfare in the text.

《孙子》,又称《孙子兵法》、《孙武兵法》和《吴孙子兵法》,是中国古代的兵书,作者为春秋末年的齐国人孙武(字长卿)。一般认为,《孙子兵法》成书于专诸刺吴王僚之后至阖闾三年孙武见吴王之间,也即前515至前512年,全书为十三篇,是孙武初次见面赠送给吴王的见面礼。
《孙子兵法》是世界上最早的兵书之一。在中国被奉为兵家经典,后世的兵书大多受到它的影响,对中国的军事学发展影响非常深远。它也被翻译成多种语言,在世界军事史上也具有重要的地位。

Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Tzu

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