Saturday, August 22, 2009
Meet the New August Emperor, Same as the Old August Emperor
It is one of the ironies of history that the dynasty of the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang, who banished the Confucian "Hundred Schools of Thought," burned books, and who buried hundreds of scholars alive in order to found a uniform state doctrine, would come to an abrupt end after the emperor's death. The location of Qin's grandiose tomb, built by an estimated 700,000 slaves of the state, would be so neglected by historians that its location would remain a mystery for centuries until being literally unearthed by shovel-wielding peasants in 1974 (that's "change" for you!).
Posted by Reasonsjester at 3:33 AM