The Gupta Polity

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1993 - India - 427 pages
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This book on Gupta Polity is a companion volume to the author`s earlier work The Mauryan Polity. The sources of information for a study of the subject are not as many as in the case of the later book. The author firmly believes that Kalidasa was not a protege of the Gupta Court but lived in second century b.c. and so his prolific works cannot be taken to throw any light on the Gupta empire. One has therefore to depend mainly on the Kamandakiya Nitisastra, the inscriptions and coins of the Gupta rulers and the accounts of the Chinese traveller Fa-hien for a knowledge of the Gupta Polity.
 

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Contents

Preface viivin
1
Ill The Central Administration
108
Education and Discipline
117
The Central Administration Contd
139
Kumaramatyas and Uparikas
152
Revenue and Finance
163
Administration of Justice
180
V Military Organisation
190
Religion Section I Conception of a Secular State
279
Personal Religion of the Gupta
285
Case for Vaisnavism
290
Were they Saivas?
298
Saktism
307
Skanda cult
312
Ganesa
315
The cult of Surya
316

Diplomatic Relations
199
Ethics of War
209
War Office
215
Conclusion
226
Provincial Organisations
239
Frontier Kingdoms
253
District Administration
255
Hinduism
321
Buddhism
327
Jainism
331
Appendix
335
Bibliography
401
Index
407
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