Xi’an’s Terracotta Army—influenced by the Greeks?

 

Terracotta Soldiers

By Peter Morgan from Nomadic – Detail, Terracotta Warriors, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2909770

A controversial new theory has arisen about Xi’an’s famous army of terracotta soldiers. I first saw them in 1981, only six years after they were discovered in a farmer’s field east of the city.

New research—and the results of a genetic study—hint that Western explorers may have reached China more than 1,500 years before Marco Polo. Some experts think ancient Greeks may have inspired and helped build China’s famous Terracotta Army.

The BBC reports that the new theory is based on evidence from excavations at the tomb of China’s First Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, as well as the results of a genetic study. Read the full article here:

Did those who made the terracotta soldiers learn from Greek sculptors?

 

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One thought on “Xi’an’s Terracotta Army—influenced by the Greeks?

  1. Fascinating, Patti. Firstly, the presence of Caucasian mitochondrial DNA meant that women constituted part of the travelling team to the East, and that the “Beauty of Loulan” was not the progeny of a Caucasian male traveller and a Chinese woman. If nuclear DNA were to be analysed, then both the admixture of the genes and carbon dating would give a reasonably accurate time of first contact.

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