Indian History

Mauryan Empire

Establishement of the Mauryan empire marked a beginning of a new era in Indian history.
North India was politically unified during the period of Mauryas.
The two literary works Arthasastra and Indica are the main source material for Maurya period.
Arthasastra was written by Chanakya or Kautilya, the Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya.
Indica was written by Megasthanes, the ambassador of Selucus Nicator in the court of chandraupta Maurya.
Mudrarakshasa written by Visakhadatta and the Buddhist works such as Deepavamsa and Mahavamsa and inscriptions of Ashoka are also the important sources.
The prominent rulers of this dynasty were:
Chandragupta Maurya(321 B.C-297 B.C)
Bindusara(297 B.C-273B.C)
Ashoka (273 B.C-232B.C)
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