By Charles L. Allen

ISBN-10: 1468300717

ISBN-13: 9781468300710

Ashoka Maurya―or Ashoka the good as he was once later known―holds a distinct position within the background of India.

via his 3rd century BCE quest to manipulate the Indian subcontinent by way of ethical strength on my own, Ashoka remodeled Buddhism from a minor sect right into a significant international faith. His daring test led to tragedy, and within the tumult that the historic checklist was once cleansed so successfully that his identify was once principally forgotten for nearly thousand years.

but, a number of mysterious stone monuments and inscriptions miraculously survived the purge. In Ashoka: the hunt for India’s misplaced Emperor, historian Charles Allen tells the superb tale of the way a couple of enterprising archaeologists deciphered the mysterious lettering on keystones and recovered India’s historic prior. Drawing from wealthy assets, Allen crafts a clearer photograph of this enigmatic determine than ever sooner than.

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This he caused to be re-erected in the prayer court of his new mosque with the addition of an inscription in Persian setting out the history of his dynasty up to Sultan Firoz Shah’s glorious accession. Soon afterwards, while out hunting near the village of Topra further to the east, in the upper region of the Doab (the lands between the Jumna and Ganges rivers), the sultan came upon another standing stone pillar. This also had been cut from a single block of stone but was far grander than the first, being forty-two feet in length and weighing more than twenty-five tons.

But even in his own time this message was perceived as a threat by those who believed that they and they alone had the authority to dictate what religious codes people should follow. British historians and archaeologists working in India in the nineteenth century were quick to blame the eclipse of Buddhism there on the Muslim conquests. * Already by the ninth century Buddhism as practised by its adherents in India had become so esoteric, so isolated from the wider community as to be unable to compete with revitalised, devotional Hinduism as promoted by the ninth-century reformer Adi Shankaracharya and his followers.

Emperor Aurangzeb died in 1707 unlamented by the bulk of his subjects, and with his death the authority of the Mughals began to crumble, a process assisted by the power struggles between his sons, grandsons and great-grandsons. At some point in the next two decades the explosion of a powder magazine blew the pillar at Firoz Shah’s hunting lodge north of Delhi into fragments (painstakingly reassembled two and a half centuries later, with one neat slice missing – now in the British Museum in London).

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