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ANTECEDENTS AND ANCESTRY
PRINCE ASOKA THE VICEROY OF EMPEROR BINDUSÁRA
ACCESSION AND CONSECRATION THE FIRST YEARS
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according administration already appears Asoka Barua become Bhikkhus Bindusāra Bodhi-tree Brahmans brother Buddha called Candragupta century Chapter Chinese chronicle conclusion consecration continued conversion dated death described Devānampriya Dharma Dharmalipi Dharmavijaya Dipavamsa discussed Divyāvadāna document Dynasty earlier Edicts effort emperor empire epigraphical episode established evidence fact Faith four further give given Greek hundred Ibid important India inscriptions interpretation issued Kalinga killed king Lankan Pali sources later literary literature Mahāvamsa Mahinda Maurya means mentioned ministers mission Northern Buddhist sources noted objective officials original person Pillar presented prince promotion queen records reference regards region regnal reign relating relics religious Rock Romila Thapar royal Sangha Sanskrit says scholars sent significant Sri Lankan Pali statement story Studies stūpas suggest Thera Third thousand tradition translated