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The Terra Cotta military is among the maximum archaeological discoveries ever made. Over seven thousand life-size figures of warriors and horses have been interred within the mausoleum of the 1st emperor of China—and each one determine was once separately carved.
Weaving jointly background and a first-hand account of his reports in China, John guy tells the interesting tale of ways and why those brilliant figures have been created within the 3rd century BC, and the way they've got develop into an emblem of China’s background, tradition, and society.

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For the last 2,000 years Chinese have believed that the First Emperor was a bastard, literally as well as figuratively. 2 Two characters are used in the sources for his name, (‘government’) and (‘upright’), both of which are pronounced zhèng. 3 Zhanguo Ce / Stratagems of the Warring States (third century BC). 44 FROM PRINCE TO KING Eventually, after a couple of royal deaths, Zichu becomes king and Lü his prime minister, having been made a marquis controlling 100,000 households around present-day Luoyang, 350 kilometres east of the capital.

That night, Li Ling took ten men and galloped clear, only to be hunted down and forced to surrender. Just 400 of his men, armed with clubs made from the spokes of their wagons, made it back home. Emperor Wu was enraged, first by the defeat and second by the humiliation: he expected his military leaders to die in battle rather than surrender. Naturally, all his officials backed him up – all except Sima Qian. A subject who will go forth to face ten thousand deaths, 22 THE GRAND HISTORIAN’S HIDDEN AGENDA giving not the slightest thought for his own life, but hurrying only to the rescue of his lord – such a man is rare indeed!

She wanted to see Lao Ai in the flesh. But there was a problem. The palace system did not allow ‘real’ men into the 46 FROM PRINCE TO KING dowager empress’s quarters. So Lü’s complicated plot gets its next twist. He arranges for Lao Ai to be falsely accused of a crime for which the punishment is castration. The official in charge of castration is then bribed to pretend to carry out the procedure, plucking out Lao Ai’s beard and eyebrows to make him look like a eunuch. ’ I don’t think we should take all this at face value.

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