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Puzzle ID:#33046
Fun:*** (2.57)
Difficulty:*** (2.58)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:jazzmusician46Aau*****
Corrected By:cnmne

 

 

 



My rule marked the beginning of a period filled with ruthlessness and brutality.
A mausoleum of immortality seemed the only answer to my questions of a divine life.
People will find me on a farm,
but a farm it is no longer.
Men, horses and weapons guarded me, but alas, although my silent warriors resembled the days of pomp and vigour, they were crushed to pieces by my enemy.

Who am I?


Answer

I am the Emperor Qin Shi Huang, or more simply, the Emperor Qin, the first Emperor of China.

Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang had work begun on his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. He had the Terracotta Warriors fashioned to guard his sacred tomb. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his afterlife. The tomb of the Terracotta Warriors was later completely destroyed by raiding Mongol hordes.

The site of his burial chamber was originally a farm, and was discovered by accident by three farmers digging a well on their property.

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum, Lintong County, Shaanxi province, China.

Archaeologists are continuing attempting to piece together the smashed statues. (Qin also had the most substantial work done to the Great Wall of China).

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