The previous reviewer totally missed the mark with his comments. His review represents the worst of both worlds---frivolous logic and ignorance of history. First of all, his statement that the "Chinese didn't develop philosophy and episteme" almost made me fall of my chair from laughter. I should suggest that he read a good book on Chinese history, such as Jacques Gernet's "A History of Chinese Civilization". Or else he won't contribute anything meaningful to this review section. Furthermore, this reviewer went on to postulate that a comparison of any sort has to be made with hellenic culture as the basis. Aside from being grotesquely wrong, the statement is a real head-scratcher. A comparison, by its very definition, is mutual. This means that it should involve all parties concerned equally. If one gives more emphasis to hellenic culture, then its value is nothing more than an ego-booster, as is the common problem plaguing, more often than not, western works on history. The reviewer only knew of Alexander's expedition, but seemed to have no idea of the Han and Tang expansions, extensive contacts and influences with Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, and even the Roman Empire. If you really want to compare, Alexander was much farther from coming into contact with Chinese civilization than the Chinese was with Hellenic culture.