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WHO WAS CHANDRAGUPTA MAURYA? 340 BC—298 BC Unified India into 1 st Hindu-centered empire Ruled India from 322- 298 Won battles to keep his kingdom Accepted Jainism in his later years Gave up his throne Fasted to death http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandragupta_Maurya
It gained a very organized government It centered around Hinduism It unified the small Aryan states (thus creating India) Strong economy (trade) Art and architecture Buddhism and Jainism became popular HOW DID INDIA CHANGE UNDER CHANDRAGUPTA’S RULE?
MAURYA EMPIRE 320 BCE- CONQUERS THE NANDA EMPIRE
ASHOKA MAURYA The Grandson of Chandragupta 273-232 BC Ruled India from 269-232 BC Fought and killed the Kalinga Expanded the empire Converted to Buddhism and rejects violence Spreads peaceful living through empire wikipedia
Made Buddhism state religion Made empire peaceful Created Buddhist monuments all over the place 33 edicts about Buddhism and life in general Devotes life to bettering the lives of people and animals (no animals or people can be harmed or killed) Set up roads and treasury Fun Ashoka Fact: He created the world’s first known animal hospitals! HOW DID INDIA CHANGE UNDER ASHOKA?
“BUDDHIST PROSELYTISM AT THE TIME OF KING ASHOKA ” (THANKS HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/EDICTS_OF_ASHOKA)
Buddhism died out in India But remained in lots of other places Kingdom split up between sons– the usual happens; jealousy, in-fighting eventual shattering of an empire. Quickened by invaders By 200 BC the Maurya Empire was all but lost. 500 years later we get the Gupta Empire (more on that next week) DEATH OF ASHOKA
HEY KIDS, GET READY TO DO SOME SHADING ON YOUR MAPS! (FOLLOWING MAPS COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA)