Confucius is Born

Kong Qiu, as Confucius is commonly known, is a combination of his surname and his given name, and he was also known as Zhong Ni, which is his courtesy name.

He was born in 551 BC in the Lu state (This state was in the south of modern-day Shandong Province) in the later days of the Spring and Autumn Period.

While he was living, Confucius was not a powerful man, nor even a particularly famous man. He was born in China in 551 B.C., and was not much different from most ordinary men in his time. However, today he is well-known as one of China's most prestigious and prominent teachers, and his wisdom is heard around the world.

According to tradition, the Chinese philosopher and sage Confucius (circa 551-479 BC) was born in the village of Zou in the state of Lu (present-day Shandong Province) as a descendant of the noble K'ung clan. His original name was K'ung Ch'iu - the later name K'ung Fu-tze translates as philospher or master K'ung. The Analects ( gleanings or sayings ) of Confucius have had a very profound influence on Chinese society and beyond.