The Terracotta Soldiers of the First Emperor
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More than 22 centuries ago, in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province, the first Qin emperor was buried in a magnificent tomb surrounded by an “army” of some 7,000 terracotta soldiers. This lavish volume offers a detailed look at that astonishing army, and the life and times of the man whose resting place it guards.
Scholars are still puzzled as to the real personality of Qin Shi Huangdi, the man who founded a nation that would continue to the dawn of the 20th century. Was he a cruel tyrant, a crazed megalomaniac, or one of the most capable, innovative and determined rulers in history? And what exactly is the purpose of his impressive buried army?
Using the mausoleum structure as a key, The Eternal Army answers many of the questions that have intrigued travelers, archaeologists and students of Chinese culture since the site was discovered in 1974. It gathers the most recent archaeological data with photographs taken on site expressly for this book—accompanied by essays from archaeologists and experts in Chinese art and history. What emerges is a profile of one of China’s most powerful, legendary figures and a new view of one of Asia’s most spectacular tourist attractions.
Softcover Book : 288 pages
Publisher: Kultur/White Star ( February 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-554226
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 11.5 inches
Product Weight: 52.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
More a history of China than a study of the teracotta army. The "Army" doesn't show up until page 148. While I appreciate the history lesson that wasn't why I bought this book. The writing is very bland, I found I couldn't read more that 2-3 pages in one sitting.
Reviewer: Raymond S