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China-The Qin Dynasty


"The paper burns but the words fly away." Akiba ben Joseph, poet

Qin Dynasty

Advisor Li Si suggested to Emperor Qin Shihuangdi to eliminate threats to authority.

Those who disobeyed were punished.

Scholars and aristocrats who criticized the government were killed.

Four hundred scholars were buried alive.

Books and histories other than those about agriculture, medicine, and prophecy were burned.