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Emperor Gaozu of Tang
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Emperor Gaozu of Tang

Emperor Gaozu (also Kao-tsu, formerly Li Yuan, r. 618-626 CE) was a Sui military commander who led a rebellion against his former masters, seized control of the state, and founded the Tang Dynasty (618-906 CE). Overshadowed in the ancient...
Jang Bogo
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Jang Bogo

Jang Bogo (aka Chang Pogo or Gungbok) was a powerful Korean warlord, naval commander, and merchant who came to monopolise maritime trade in northeast Asia to such a degree that he was known as the 'King of the Yellow Sea' during the first...
Eunuchs in Ancient China
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Eunuchs in Ancient China

Eunuchs were powerful political players in ancient Chinese government. Originating as trusted slaves in the royal household they were ambitious to use their favoured position to gain political power. Advising the emperor from within the palace...
Crossbows in Ancient Chinese Warfare
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Crossbows in Ancient Chinese Warfare

The crossbow was introduced into Chinese warfare during the Warring States period (481-221 BCE). Developing over the centuries into a more powerful and accurate weapon, the crossbow also came in versions light enough to be fired with one...
The Early Three Kingdoms Period
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The Early Three Kingdoms Period

The Early Three Kingdoms Period in ancient China, from 184 CE to 190 CE for the purposes of this article, was one of the most turbulent in China's history. With an ailing Han government unable to control its empire, brutal localised wars...
Tiangou, the Heavenly Dog
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Tiangou, the Heavenly Dog

This painting depicts Chang Hsien shooting a bow at a heavenly dog. Late Qing dynasty (19th century CE)
Jade & Crystal Ornament
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Jade & Crystal Ornament

Jade, gilded bronze and rock crystal jewellery piece. 56 cm (length). Tang Dynasty, 669 CE. Excavated from the tomb of Liu Zhi (civil official), and his consort. Northwest University, Chang'an District, Xi'an. Shaanxi Provincial Institute...
Tang Dynasty Vase
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Tang Dynasty Vase

C. 600-634 CE. Porcelain. 25 cm (height). Excavated from the tomb of Princess Fengning (583-610 CE) and her husband Wei Yuanzhao (572-623 CE), Shaolingyuan, Chang'an District, Xi'an, 1990. From the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology...
Savitri and Satyavan: The Legend of the Princess who Outwitted Death - Iseult Gillespie
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Savitri and Satyavan: The Legend of the Princess who Outwitted Death - Iseult Gillespie

Dig into the tale of Princess Savitri and her one true love, Satyavan, and the tragic prophecy that entwined their fates forever. — Princess Savitri was benevolent, brilliant, and bright. Her grace was known throughout the land...
Did Ancient Troy Really Exist
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Did Ancient Troy Really Exist

If you enjoy this lesson, we highly recommend reading "Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings." Discounted e-book versions available here: https://amzn.to/2LL50Zk Check out our book rec page to learn...
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