Ashoka in Ancient India

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Harvard University Press, Aug 5, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 409 pages
In the third century BCE Ashoka ruled in South Asia and Afghanistan, and came to be seen as the ideal Buddhist king. Disentangling the threads of Ashoka’s life from the knot of legend that surrounds it, Nayanjot Lahiri presents a vivid biography of an emperor whose legacy extends far beyond the bounds of his lifetime and dominion.

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Great book on the life of one of India's greatest kings. A great source for research papers.


An Apocryphal Early Life
Pataliputra and the Prince
Mauryan Taxila
Affairs of the Heart and State
The End and the Beginning
The Emperors Voice
Extending the Arc of Communication to Afghanistan
The Message in the Landscape
Building Beliefs into Edifices
An Ageing Emperors Interventions
Of Wifely Woes and the Emperors Death
The Emperors Afterlife
The Inscriptions of Ashoka

An Expansive Imperial Articulation

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