Qin Shihuang Essay

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Qin Shihuang

Many cultures have sent their dead to the afterlife with the necessities of daily endeavor
and the trappings of honor. Dishes, food, thrones, and barges have been excavated over the
years. Pets, wives, concubines, and servants have gone to serve their masters in the next
life as they served in this one. To the Chinese Emperors death was seen as an afterlife
and the things that he takes with him shows how much he accomplished during his short life
on earth. An emperor’s tomb included various things such as silks, musical instruments,
servants, food and drink, all these things would have given anyone a well lived life. An
old Chinese saying says, "treat death as life. Accordingly to this famous quote, emperors
set up their tombs for a well lived afterlife. In China, during the late 1920s, a peasant
uncovered a life-sized terracotta sculpture of a warrior, while digging a well. After the
entire figure was uncovered, the water filling the well suddenly drained away. This was
thought as an evil sign and the statue was reburied. Then in 1974, peasants making a well
for the Yanzhai Commune uncovered part of a pit of life-sized terracotta soldiers and
horses. They had found a portion of the burial followers of the first Emperor of China,
Qin Shihuang.

The first Emperor of China and founder of the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shihuang (259-210 B.C.),
was known as a conqueror, an enlightened leader, a merciless tyrant, a builder, and a
destroyer. During his 29 years of rule, he united the country after five centuries of
trouble and transformed the land into what we now call China. Qin Shihuang formed a
government that lasted until 1911, he standardized currency, set up a code of law, and he
standardized a script. He built a series of roads leading from his capital city of

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and combined protective walls built to prevent raiding nomads into 3,000 kilometers of the
Great Wall that now stretches for 6,000 kilometers. Overall the emperor had a great and
splendor life. Qin was entombed in Lintong County, Shaanxi Province about 35 kilometers
east of the city of Xi'an. Wanting to be protected in his afterlife, Qin ordered an entire
army to protect his mausoleum, which lies still uncovered at Mount Li. Even though
emperors were supposed to put the servants to death so that they will serve him in his
afterlife human sacrifice was less common by the time of Qin's death. Instead of
sacrificing an entire army, Qin had clay soldiers to protect him in his afterlife.

A remarkable observation was the accuracy of the height of Qin’s soldiers during this
period. . Qin’s sculptors gave his soldiers a position so that it seemed as if they were
moving. The postures of the figures, alertness of the expressions, and arrangement of the
army made this quality of “motion in stillness”. The only way to observe and feel the
sensation of this interesting artwork is by going there and looking for one’s self. Using
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