The only piece of relic discovered by archeologists today that has direct relation with the famous, one and only Empress Wu (武則天)of Wuzhou (武周). This piece of Gold is used as a giving to the God to reflect on the wrongdoings of the Empress as the Emperor. Her name 武瞾 is clearly shown in the middle of the piece.
New posters of Fan Bingbing in ‘The Empress of China’
The Empress of China is an upcoming Chinese television drama based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty, starring producer Fan Bingbing as the titular character Wu Zetian—the only woman in Chinese history to rule as an emperor.
The 'Empress of China’ begins on Hunan TV December 21, 2014
yao with- who else? the only woman to rule as emperor- wu ze tian. she was originally a concubine of emperor taizhong, but later married his son, emperor gaozhong. she rose to power- and eventually the throne- via her political savvy and ruthlessness in eliminating her rivals. some people even think she might’ve killed her own child to eliminate the previous empress by accusing her of the murder! (though this is not proven) her reign saw the expansion of the tang dynasty empire far into central asia, and many other significant political and developments developments.
(here she’s supposed to still be a concubine, but i totally have this idea that the aph characters do kind of have this…sixth sense when they meet people who are gonna be very, very significant to their history…)
Today I was at an exhibition about the ancient Chinese city Luoyang, at it’s most prosperous time, before and during the Tang dynasty. Luoyang was at that time a blooming trading centre and a mulicultural melting pot of a society that was fairly tolerant of other religions and customs, and that offered relatively high freedom for the higher born court ladies. Apparently this was due to influence from the surrounding nomadic cultures that offered higher freedom for women to act in the public sphere compared to chinese tradition at the time, and who often married into the noble families in the city. During that time, the only woman to ever claim the title Emperor of China ruled, Wu Zetian (it’s her portrait above). There’s a lot more to say about the city and time period, but I am probably not the right person, since I know very little about it (at this point). It was really fascinating and I really want to dig up more about this period now!