China, the empire of time - Episode 1

50m 13s

Part 1 : The Jesuits Conquering the Forbidden City. Matteo Ricci, a young Jesuit would be the first European to enter China at the end of the 16th century. Trained in geometry and algebra, he would soon discover that cosmology and the art of measuring time was at the very centre of Chinese civilization and imperial authority, the Emperor’s Mandate of Heaven.