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In Photos: China's Terracotta Warriors Inspired by Greek Art

  • Terracotta Warriors

    terracotta warriors in china
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    CREDIT: Lukas Hlavac | Shutterstock
  • Alexander the Great map

    map showing Alexander the Great's conquering
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    CREDIT: Map by Thomas Lessman, CC Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 Unported
  • Alexander Statue

    life-sized sculpture of Alexander the Great
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    CREDIT: Photo by Giovanni Dall'Orto, courtesy Wikimedia
  • Terracotta Civil Official

    Terracotta civil official in China
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    CREDIT: Photo by Owen Jarus
  • Ban Gu

    an imaginative illustration of Ban Gu, one of the historians who reported on the appearance of 12 giant statues in Lintao in China.
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    CREDIT: Image in public domain, from the book 晩笑堂竹荘畫傳,published in 1743, reprinted in 1921, courtesy Wikimedia
  • Terracotta Acrobat

    terracotta acrobat in china.
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    CREDIT: Photo by Owen Jarus
  • Han Dynasty miniature

    An example of the miniature figures of people, animals and objects created by the Han Dynasty.
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    CREDIT: Photo by Owen Jarus
  • NYC Exhibition

    a terracotta warrior from china
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    CREDIT: Clara Moskowitz/LiveScience
About 8,000 Terracotta Warriors were buried in three pits less than a mile to the northeast of the mausoleum of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi. They include infantryman, archers, cavalry, charioteers and generals. Now new research, including newly translated ancient records, indicates that the construction of these warriors was inspired by Greek art.

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