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Mauryan Empire:
Asoka’s Dhamma,
Administration and Economy
Do you
recognize
which
modern
nation
the
Mauryan
empire was
located in?
• The period from the late 7th to the late
5th century B.C. was a most decisive
phase of the history of Indian
subcontinen...
• From the numerous small tribal
kingdoms (Janapadas), sixteen major
ones (Mahajanapadas) emerged in the 5th
century B.C
•...
ANGA
KASI
KOSALA
VRIJJI
MALLA
CHEDI
KURU
PANCHALA
VATSYA
AVANTI
MAGADHA
MASTSYA
SURASENA
ASMAKA
KAMBOJA
GANDHARA
Origins of the early state
• A new phase of political
development in the Eastern Gangetic
plains started when some of the
...
 Another important indicator for a well
developed urban culture, a script has
not yet been found in those Gangetic
cities...
• This new culture found its spiritual
expression in reform movements which
was a reaction to Brahmin Kshatriya
alliance. ...
Religious Beliefs

Hinduism

Buddhism

Jainism
Mauryan Dynasty
• Chandra Gupta Maurya (321- 297
B.C.)
• Bindusara (297-272 B.C.)
• Asoka (268-232 B.C.)
CHRONOLOGY OF MAURYAN
DYNASTY
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321-297
Chandragupta Maurya
297-272
Bindusara
268-232
A...
Chandragupta maurya
 Unified northern India.
 Defeated the Persian
general Seleucus.
 Divided his empire into
provinces...
War
Invasion of
Alexander the Great
(320 B.C.E)

Defeat of Seleucus
(305 B.C.E.)

Battle at Kalinga
(265 to 264
B.C.E.)
kautilya
Chandragupta’s
advisor.
Brahmin caste.
Wrote The Treatise on
Material Gain or the
Arthashastra.
A guide for the k...
King Asoka
 Religious conversion
after the gruesome
battle of Kalinga in
262 BCE.
 Dedicated his life to
Buddhism.
 Bui...
King Asoka
was a religiously
tolerant ruler.
He respected all
religions. He
ruled a vast
empire and he
ordered the
buildin...
 Edicts scattered in
more than 30 places
in India, Nepal,
Pakistan, &
Afghanistan.
 Written mostly in
Prakrit, but one w...
POLITICAL STRUCTURE
• Centralized
• Large staff
– Tax collection,
trade and
commerce, vital
statistics, welfare
of foreign...
Mauryan Administration
 Based on Saptanga theory or the theory of
seven elements of State:
 Swamin (King)
 Amatya (Mini...
• Revenue Department:
 Samaharta: (In charge of collection
of all revenues of empire and looked
after income and expendit...
 Military Department: (Under Senapati)
 According to Megasthenes: divided into 6
committees of 5 members each.
 Supervi...
WEAPONRY
• They used both weapons and military
engines.
• Variety of bows
• Weapons with piercings (kunta).
• Different ty...
Judicial department
• Police Department: Two fold functions:
 Preventing the commission of crimes.
 Bringing the transgressors of law to
jus...
• Espionage department

• Department of Foreign Affairs

• Palace Department
Provincial Administration
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Four Provinces:
Uttarapatha (Capital- Taxila)
Avantiratha (Capital- Ujjain)
Dakshinap...
Municipal Administration
• According to Megasthenes: Six
committees of five members each.
 Related to industrial arts.
 ...
Economy of the Mauryas
• Land Revenue.
• Extension and intensification of
Agriculture.
• Industrial Crafts.
• Artisan Guil...
KHYBER PASS
Agriculture
• Food Crops
– Rice, Coarse Grain, Sesamum, Pepper, Saffron, Wheat,
Barley, Linseed, Mustard, Grapes, Sugar Ca...
Trade/Economy
•Mauryan empire was
driven by agriculture
•Internal trade
expanded greatly due
to newfound political
unity a...
The Arts
The Mauryan Empire were the first in India to
transition from wood to stone in their architecture
and art.

Stupa...
THE WRITING SYSTEM
• Sanskrit - was the
writing system that was
used during the
Mauryan Empire. Only
used by scholars
howe...
King Asoka encouraged teachers
to spread Buddhism throughout
India and beyond.
Asoka’s Policy of Dhamma
 Dhamma is the prakrit form of Sanskrit
world Dharma. However, Asoka tried to
use it in a much w...
Main Features:
 Prohibition of Animal sacrifices.
 Avoiding expensive and meaningless
ceremonies.
 Non- violence to ani...
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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“Maurya Empire." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 28 Sept. 2010.
<http://en.wiki...
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"The Mauryan Administration." India Information Portal. Web. 30 Sept. 2010.
<http://www...
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  1. 1. Mauryan Empire: Asoka’s Dhamma, Administration and Economy
  2. 2. Do you recognize which modern nation the Mauryan empire was located in?
  3. 3. • The period from the late 7th to the late 5th century B.C. was a most decisive phase of the history of Indian subcontinent. • In this period the first territorial kingdoms were established in the central part of the Gangetic plains.
  4. 4. • From the numerous small tribal kingdoms (Janapadas), sixteen major ones (Mahajanapadas) emerged in the 5th century B.C • The rise of the Mahajanapadas was directly connected with the emergence of the early urban centres of the Gangetic plains that were the capitals of Mahajanapadas.
  5. 5. ANGA KASI KOSALA VRIJJI MALLA CHEDI KURU PANCHALA VATSYA AVANTI MAGADHA MASTSYA SURASENA ASMAKA KAMBOJA GANDHARA
  6. 6. Origins of the early state • A new phase of political development in the Eastern Gangetic plains started when some of the Mahajanapadas established their hegemony over others.  Koshala.  Vatsa.  Magadha.
  7. 7.  Another important indicator for a well developed urban culture, a script has not yet been found in those Gangetic cities. Asoka’s inscriptions of the 3rd century B.C. still remain the earlier evidence for an Indian script. But since the two scripts Brahmi and Kharoshthi were fully developed, scholars believe that they may have originated in the 5th century B.C.
  8. 8. • This new culture found its spiritual expression in reform movements which was a reaction to Brahmin Kshatriya alliance. This reform movement is mainly identified with the teachings of Gautama Buddha who is regarded as the first Historic figure of Indian History, and of Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, the younger contemporary of Buddha
  9. 9. Religious Beliefs Hinduism Buddhism Jainism
  10. 10. Mauryan Dynasty • Chandra Gupta Maurya (321- 297 B.C.) • Bindusara (297-272 B.C.) • Asoka (268-232 B.C.)
  11. 11. CHRONOLOGY OF MAURYAN DYNASTY • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 321-297 Chandragupta Maurya 297-272 Bindusara 268-232 Asoka 232-224 Dasaratha 224-215 Samprati 215-202 Salisuka 202-195 Devavarman 195-187 Satadhanvan 187-180 Brihadratha
  12. 12. Chandragupta maurya  Unified northern India.  Defeated the Persian general Seleucus.  Divided his empire into provinces, then districts for tax assessments and law enforcement.  He feared assassination  food tasters, slept in different rooms, etc.  301 BCE  gave up his throne & became a Jain.
  13. 13. War Invasion of Alexander the Great (320 B.C.E) Defeat of Seleucus (305 B.C.E.) Battle at Kalinga (265 to 264 B.C.E.)
  14. 14. kautilya Chandragupta’s advisor. Brahmin caste. Wrote The Treatise on Material Gain or the Arthashastra. A guide for the king and his ministers: Supports royal power. The great evil in society is anarchy. Therefore, a single authority is
  15. 15. King Asoka  Religious conversion after the gruesome battle of Kalinga in 262 BCE.  Dedicated his life to Buddhism.  Built extensive roads, hospitals for man and animals.
  16. 16. King Asoka was a religiously tolerant ruler. He respected all religions. He ruled a vast empire and he ordered the building of roads and hospitals
  17. 17.  Edicts scattered in more than 30 places in India, Nepal, Pakistan, & Afghanistan.  Written mostly in Prakrit, but one was in Greek and Aramaic.  rock edicts.  Each pillar [stupa] is 40’-50’ high.  Buddhist principles dominate his laws.
  18. 18. POLITICAL STRUCTURE • Centralized • Large staff – Tax collection, trade and commerce, vital statistics, welfare of foreigners, maintaining public places • Organized army • Provinces – Districts • Villages
  19. 19. Mauryan Administration  Based on Saptanga theory or the theory of seven elements of State:  Swamin (King)  Amatya (Ministers)  Janapada (Territory and Population)  Durga (Fort)  Kosa (Treasury)  Bala (Army)  Mitra (Ally)
  20. 20. • Revenue Department:  Samaharta: (In charge of collection of all revenues of empire and looked after income and expenditure)  Sannidhata: (Chief treasury officer)
  21. 21.  Military Department: (Under Senapati)  According to Megasthenes: divided into 6 committees of 5 members each.  Supervision of Naval fleet.  Supervision of War materials.  Infantry.  Cavalry.  Chariots.  Elephant corps
  22. 22. WEAPONRY • They used both weapons and military engines. • Variety of bows • Weapons with piercings (kunta). • Different types of swords • Razor-type weapons (parasu, kuthara) • Variety of armors and shields
  23. 23. Judicial department
  24. 24. • Police Department: Two fold functions:  Preventing the commission of crimes.  Bringing the transgressors of law to justice.
  25. 25. • Espionage department • Department of Foreign Affairs • Palace Department
  26. 26. Provincial Administration •     Four Provinces: Uttarapatha (Capital- Taxila) Avantiratha (Capital- Ujjain) Dakshinapatha (Capital- Suvarnagiri) Kalinga (Capital- Tosali)
  27. 27. Municipal Administration • According to Megasthenes: Six committees of five members each.  Related to industrial arts.  Attend to the entertainment of foreigners  Registration of Births and Deaths.  Trade and commerce.  Supervises manufactured articles.  Payment of taxes.
  28. 28. Economy of the Mauryas • Land Revenue. • Extension and intensification of Agriculture. • Industrial Crafts. • Artisan Guilds. • State Monopolies. • Trade and Commerce. • Urbanisation.
  29. 29. KHYBER PASS
  30. 30. Agriculture • Food Crops – Rice, Coarse Grain, Sesamum, Pepper, Saffron, Wheat, Barley, Linseed, Mustard, Grapes, Sugar Cane, Pumpkin, Medicinal Roots Most Important Least Important • Economy was driven by agriculture • Huge farms were kept by the state and were operated and cultivated by slaves.
  31. 31. Trade/Economy •Mauryan empire was driven by agriculture •Internal trade expanded greatly due to newfound political unity and internal peace •Chandragupta established single currency across India. Silver punch mark coin
  32. 32. The Arts The Mauryan Empire were the first in India to transition from wood to stone in their architecture and art. Stupa Pillars Coins
  33. 33. THE WRITING SYSTEM • Sanskrit - was the writing system that was used during the Mauryan Empire. Only used by scholars however.
  34. 34. King Asoka encouraged teachers to spread Buddhism throughout India and beyond.
  35. 35. Asoka’s Policy of Dhamma  Dhamma is the prakrit form of Sanskrit world Dharma. However, Asoka tried to use it in a much wider sense. His Dhamma was a code of moral duties, benevolent acts and freedom from passions for an individual. It comprised personal, social and moral virtues. The principles of Dhamma were such as could be acceptable to people belonging to any religious sect.
  36. 36. Main Features:  Prohibition of Animal sacrifices.  Avoiding expensive and meaningless ceremonies.  Non- violence to animals.  Humane treatment of servants.  Tolerance among all the sects.  Appointment of Dhammamahamatyas.  Dhammayatras.  Social welfare policies.  Replacement of Bherighosha by Dhammaghosha
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