Mauryan Empire• Indias "Golden Age“• A time of great wealth, but also a time of great violence.• India would become united under one ruler during this empires What is a golden age? reign.
Chandragupta’s Rule• Around 323 B.C., a great empire emerged in northern India.• First King of the empire was Chandragupta.• He believed in absolute power over the people he conquered.• Under his reign India prospered and enjoyed great success..
Absolute Rule:The belief that a ruler must have complete control over its people.
Why is having an a leader withabsolute power a bad/dangerous situation?
Conquering the LandChandragupta commanded a huge army tocontrol his subjects.
King Asoka • When Chandragupta died, the empire passed to his son, then grandson, Asoka. • King Asoka was the greatest ruler of the Mauryan empire.
India’s Secret WeaponsIn Ancient India:Elephants wereused as weapons inbattle to strike fearinto the hearts ofthe enemies.
Battle of KalingaKing Asoka convertedto Buddhism afterwitnessing this bloodybattle of Kalinga.Over 100,00 died!
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Has there been a time wherean experience you had madeyou rethink or change the way you do things?
•After Kalinga--King Asoka became areligiouslytolerant ruler•Asoka ruled a vastempire bordered on theNorth by the hugeHimalayan Mountains.
King Asoka encouraged teachers tospread Buddhism throughout India and beyond.
The Collapse of the Mauryan Empire• Asoka and his rule are remembered in the modern Indian flag.• The wheel of law, or Dharma Chakra, is on many of Asokas pillars and has been the focal point of Indias flag since 1947.
Do you know these terms.... Know these as well:• Absolute Power: • Asoka a ruler’s complete • Chandragupta control over the • Himalaya Mts. people. • Elephant Army• Convert: • Kalinga A change in belief (religious belief) of a • Dharma Chakra person. • Mauryan Empire