He is also known for the thousands of life-sized statues—the terracotta army—that were buried with him.
Qin Shi Huang's darker side included stamping out dissent by banning books and executing scholars.
After Huhai was enthroned as Qin Er Shi, he promoted Zhao Gao to langzhongling (郎中令), an official post whose duties included managing the daily activities in the imperial palace.
Zhao Gao, who was highly trusted by Qin Er Shi, instigated the emperor to exterminate his own siblings to consolidate power, and used the opportunity to eliminate his political opponents such as Meng Tian and Meng Yi.
Previously a minor state in the northwest, Qin had seized the territories of small states on its south and west borders by the mid-third century B.
C., pursuing a harsh policy aimed at the consolidation and maintenance of power. C.), who would reunite China, came to the Qin throne as a boy of nine.
He also framed Li Si for treason and had Li and his entire family executed, after which he replaced Li as the Chancellor and monopolised state power.