It cited Zhang Chunlong, a researcher on the provincial institute of archaeology, as saying the emperor’s decree reached even frontier areas and distant villages.
Qin Shihuang’s obsession with everlasting life was well-known: he was answerable for the large underground mausoleum within the northern province of Shaanxi crammed with practically eight,000 terracotta troopers constructed to guard him within the afterlife.
By finding out the 36,000 wood slips — present in 2002 on the backside of a effectively in Hunan — archaeologists have uncovered not solely the imperial order to search out an “elixir of life”, but in addition the customarily embarrassed responses from native authorities who struggled to satisfy his calls for.
In accordance with Xinhua, a village known as “Duxiang” reported to the emperor that it had failed to find a miraculous potion, however that the search was persevering with.
One other place, “Langya,” instructed that “an herb collected from an auspicious native mountain” would possibly do the job.
The texts had been written on a sequence of wood slats initially related to one another by strings. This system was the most typical medium of writing in China earlier than the looks of paper at the start of the primary millennium A.D.
Qin Shihuang’s sereach for immortality was doomed to failure: he died in 210 BC after reigning for 11 years.
The Qin dynasty — infamous for its e-book burnings and executions of literati — laid the inspiration for China as a unified nation that has continued for 2 millennia.
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