The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army
John Man

The discovery of an army of clay warriors buried on the outskirts of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb complex may not have revealed “the eighth wonder of the world” (a clichéd ad line sourced to Jacques Chirac), but it did provide an impressive fresh testament to the power of despotism and force of ego in the ancient world. What makes the find even more remarkable is the fact that most of the Emperor’s army, and whatever else he took with him, still lies buried under his grave mound. Are there more wonders to come, or just more of the same? Human nature being what it is, I suspect we’ll know the answers soon.