- NAME: Confucius
- OCCUPATION: Philosopher
- BIRTH DATE: 551 BCE
- DEATH DATE: 479 BCE
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Qufu, Zhou Dynasty, China
- PLACE OF DEATH: Qufu, Zhou Dynasty, China
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Confucius was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure known for his popular aphorisms and for his models of social interaction.
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As Confucius wandered China, his radical teachings made many enemies.
At the age of 50, Confucius was made Governor of the state of Lu and saw his opportunity to change China for the better.
As Confucius began to educate himself, he proclaimed that people of all classes should have access to quality education to better their lives.
Confucius died on November 21, 479 B.C. convinced that his teachings had not made a significant impact on Chinese culture. Today he is widely considered one of the most influential teachers in Chinese history.
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Convinced that his teachings had not made a significant impact on Chinese culture, Confucius died on November 21, 479 B.C. in Qufu, China, a year after losing his son, Tzu-lu, in battle. His followers held a funeral and established a mourning period in his honor. As of the fourth century B.C., Confucius was regarded as a sage who had deserved greater recognition in his time. By the second century B.C., during China’s first Han Dynasty, his ideas became the foundation of the state ideology. Today he is widely considered one of the most influential teachers in Chinese history.
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