Discuss The Nature And Legacy Of China's First Emperor

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Nature and legacy of China’s first emperor Quest for immortality The search for immortality o Qin Shi Huang, was a superstitious man, afraid of death. o Qin Shi Huang was soon on the road once again, he no longer trusted the security of his own court and had started taking practical steps to extend his life o His doctors had prescribed repeat doses of something long believed to increase longevity: sex – with multiple partners o But his new court physician Xu Fu suggested a substance whose eternal properties, although thought ideal for the emperor’s tomb, would, if consumed, keep him out of the necropolis indefinitely (That mystical substance was mercury) o The emperor also knew the legend of the Peng Lai islands where the immortals were…show more content…
Over the following five years, he took higher and higher doses as his desire for immortality became more obsessive and the elixirs failed to materialise. But far from prolonging his life, the mercury was having the opposite effect. o Liquid mercury was known to Chinese alchemists as the only substance that could dissolve eternal, incorruptible gold. “supernatural substance - prolong your life”. Soluble compounds that were easily digestible, were made o Attacked nervous system o Greatest damage is in the brain, become talkative slightly aggressive very confrontational. You are obsessed with being watched, and eventually, of course, you become total paranoid. o Qin Shi Huang certainly became paranoid. Anyone revealing his whereabouts was under instant sentence of death, along with their entire family. o Seven years after the emperor had began his quest for immortality, the mercury began to poison his body as well as his mind – kidney failure o In 212 BC, Qin Shi Huang embarked on yet another imperial tour, which lead to his death. o Qin Shi Huang hoped that his dynasty would be carried on for 10,000 years, but it actually lasted only two generations However, Qin Shi Huang left a huge

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