The Mystery Behind The Infamous Terracotta Army

One of the most infamous structures to ever be discovered during the twentieth century is the thousands of soldiered statues found in China. Ever imagine walking into a place full of a thousand tall standing soldiers staring at you? The Terracotta Army which was discovered in 1974 in Xianyan, China features more than seven thousand soldiers from the terracotta. These perfectly build tall standing soldiers serve a symbolic significance to the rich Chinese history.

The late twentieth century discovery of the Terracotta Army in Xianyan provides historians lots of insight to one of the world’s largest and history rich countries in the world. The statues of these soldiers relate back to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. In 247 BC, Qin arose as the King of China and changed the way China would be governed and led for thousands of years.

Emperor Qin showed his dominance and superiority through the use of the Terracotta Army. These seven thousand plus soldiers represent the Terracotta Army which shows the significance and impact the Emperor Qin had in China.  The soldiers show that the use of power was enforced by using the Terracotta Army to ensure that Qin’s territory was well protected. In addition these soldiers are created with lots of details including a variety of weapons. The weapons on these soldiers show that the Terracotta Army was much more advanced in weaponry than many historians had previously thought.

The Terracotta Army will forever be a historic significance to the Chinese community because it shows the strength of China during the beginning of their expansion across Asia. The Mausoleum in China shows how much power Emperor Qin had and how he enforced his success in building such a dynamic empire. The Terracotta army will no longer be a mystery and is instead a representation of the success of Emperor Qin through military power while creating a powerful and successful Chinese dynasty.


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