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    Terra-cotta warriors [American English]

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    In 1974, the fertile ground of Xi'an, China yielded a . Buried in the soil, farmers found a beautifully sculpted head. One by one, soldiers emerged until was unearthed, each individual painstakingly handcrafted and . It's a military force of thousands created to the founding father of the Chinese empire into eternity. Qin Shi Huangdi came into power in 246 B.C. when he was just . Qin spent most of his ruling years at war, uniting much of what is now China. He standardized and even built a series of highways and he commissioned the first version of the . Despite Qin's enormous achievements, he wanted more: . He began building a second empire - one that would accompany him into the . It would become one of the largest mausoleums on earth. More than seven thousand warriors, archers, cavalry, guard his tomb. Qin envisioned his life after death to include civilians as well: government officials to serve him, and even a strong man to entertain him. It took over thirty-six years and a workforce of 700,000 conscripted workers to complete Qin's and court. Workers accomplished the enormous task by dividing up the labor in assembly-line fashion and yet are the same. Each depicts an individual with its own and painted details. The warriors' craftsmanship and style astonishes scholars. Why would an emperor want each of his troops to be unique? Perhaps for Qin, beauty and individualism were as important as . We can only speculate based on the contents of the mausoleum for Qin left no records of this grand creation. Records from the next dynasty indicate that Qin . He massacred the armies of six states, had hundreds of thousands of people punished through forced labor, subjected his people to and showed little tolerance for dissent. Qin outlived numerous assassination attempts and was quite paranoid about . He may have thought these threats would follow him into the afterlife. The army faces east towards states Qin conquered during his lifetime as if he anticipated coming over the horizon. In fact, his own warriors may have armed the revolt that did come after his death. Peasants snatched the metal swords from the clay soldiers' grasp and overthrew Qin's successors. But despite , Qin's army survived into the modern world.

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