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Age of the Nandas and Mauryas. The present work deals with the period c. Alexander, Chandragputa, Chanakya and Asoka dominate the period. We get vivid pictures of the outstanding events of the period--as of Alexander's conquests and their influence on the cultural life of India, of the fusion of Brahma-Ksatra in the early Mauryan rule after the overthrow of the Nandas and of the rule of Asoka and his successors.
The work consists of eleven chapters contributed by eminent historians. The reader would find the chapters on Mauryan Polity, Industry, Art, Religion, Language, and Literature very interesting and instructive. Regions beyond the Magadhan Empire.
Republican tribes. Exploration and return to Babylon. The Successors of Asoka. Industry Trade and Currency. Greek Ambassadors. NorthWestern India. Marriage and occupation rules. King not owner of land. State Industrial and Commercial Policy. The ascetic movement. The Ajivika and Nirgrantha movements. After Jhelum. Other edicts. Age of the Nandas and Mauryas K. Kallidaikurichi Aiyah Nilakanta Sastri.
The Nandas overthrew the Shaishunaga dynasty in the Magadha region of eastern India, and expanded their empire to include a larger part of northern India. Ancient sources differ considerably regarding the names of the Nanda kings, and the duration of their rule, but based on the Buddhist tradition recorded in the Mahavamsa , they appear to have ruled during c. Modern historians generally identify the ruler of the Gangaridai and the Prasii mentioned in ancient Greco-Roman accounts as a Nanda king. The chroniclers of Alexander the Great , who invaded north-western India during — BCE, characterise this king as a militarily powerful and prosperous ruler. The prospect of a war against this king led to a mutiny among the soldiers of Alexander, who had to retreat from India without waging a war against him.
Age of the Nandas and Mauryas by K A Nilakanta Sastri
Age of the Nandas and Mauryas