This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer A Journey Through Ancient China Eunuchs in Chinese History Evening Course Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Code: 1J0270D Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $25 Member $30 Non-Member Save when you purchase this program as a part of one of these series! 4 Program Series: A Journey Through Ancient China Find series tickets Resize text Eunuchs depicted in a tomb mural of the prince Zhanghuai, 706, Qianling, Shaanxi China has more than 3,000 years of recorded history, but misconceptions abound at every stage. This series takes you on a thematic tour of four important topics in ancient Chinese history: religion, ethnicity, law, and eunuchs. Justin M. Jacobs, a professor of Chinese history at American University, gives you a nuanced overview based on the latest scholarship and illustrated with copious slides. Jacobs is the author of The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He recently completed a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for The Great Courses and is currently conducting research on the voyages of Captain Cook in the Pacific. Session Information Eunuchs in Chinese History Long despised by the Confucian elite and grossly neglected by historians, eunuchs often appear as little more than a demeaning caricature in narratives of Chinese history. Jacobs details the everyday lives of imperial Chinese eunuchs and explains why they were so politically indispensable despite rhetorical denunciations of them. He also examines the traumatic life cycle of a eunuch from birth to employment to retirement. Additional Sessions of the Journey through Ancient China Series May 24: Religion in Chinese History May 31: Ethnic Identity in Chinese History June 7: Law and Punishment in Chinese History General Information View Common FAQs and Policies about our Online Programs on Zoom.