• The Terracotta Warriors

    In 246 BC, one of the greatest artistic endeavors in history was taking shape. Just north of the Lishan Mountain Range outside Xi’an, China, Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the creation of a life-sized army complete with horses, artillery, weapons and provisions……all made out of clay. While the formal name for this group of impressive statuary is the Army of the First Emperor Qin, to most of the world, these are known as the Terracotta Warriors. Beginning in 246 BC, “more than 700,000 laborers worked on the project, which was halted in 209 B.C. amid uprisings a year after Qin’s death” (Roach). It is estimated that in those 37 years…

  • The Caryatid of the Erechtheion

    In the time around 420 BC in Athens, the creation of one of the world’s most classic pieces of architecture was taking place. The Persians had destroyed much of the city during a recent invasion, so Pericles, the general of Athens from 461-429 BC, commissioned two men to restore the damaged buildings atop the Acropolis. Along with restoring the sacred religious building the Persians had destroyed, Pericles also requested that they build another building, The Erechtheion. It was then that Mnesicles, an architect, and Phidias, a sculptor and mason, created what is now known as The Caryatid of the Erechtheion (khanacademy.org; Ross). Purpose The purpose for the Erechtheion is lightly…