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Can anyone tell me how Confucius life spanned from 551bc - 479 bc?

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Chuffinnora Thu 15-Oct-09 12:58:42

I'm trying to quote him in my learning journal but I don't want my lecturer to query this. Help!

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Thu 15-Oct-09 13:00:32

Because it is BC (before christ) the numbers count down, not up like years AD (anno domini, the year of our lord)

StealthPolarBear Thu 15-Oct-09 13:02:15

yes, that 72 yrs surely

Chuffinnora Thu 15-Oct-09 13:02:22

Thank you very much

<goes off to sit in the dunces corner.>

thatsnotmymonster Thu 15-Oct-09 13:03:45


BloodRedTulips Thu 15-Oct-09 13:04:05

i think she means how could he possibly have lived for 128 years in those days

it's possible he did though, or as is more likely that the dates are wildly inaccurate due to how long ago it was an how much information has become confused in the intervening years.

if it's an reputable source i'd just use those dates, possibly with a footnote explaining you've noticed the unusual age but as you have no other dates to go on you've decided to use thse

BloodRedTulips Thu 15-Oct-09 13:05:12

whoops... i've just made the same mistake


i'm blaming all my grey matter being dissolved due to my own studies though grin

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Thu 15-Oct-09 13:05:22

"i think she means how could he possibly have lived for 128 years in those days"

Nice try to save face but she's already shuffled off to dunces corner

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Thu 15-Oct-09 13:05:37


bruxeur Thu 15-Oct-09 13:06:05


ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Thu 15-Oct-09 13:08:27

At least I can now honestly say I've been discussing the life of Confucius.

Chuffinnora Thu 15-Oct-09 13:09:05

No I really did mean how could he have died before he was born? blush

In my defence I thought the answer was going to be something to do with the Chinese calender.

Ahem blush

As you were
<shuffles off wearing big pointy hat>

DippyFarquhar Thu 15-Oct-09 13:09:08

How did you get 128?

BloodRedTulips Thu 15-Oct-09 13:19:16

because my brain has a little empty vacuum where mathematical capability should be blush

(mental gliche caused me to go from 551-400 which is 49 years to 400-479 which is 79.... ie i reversed it halfway through for no apparent reason hmm)

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