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)