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Mauryan Empire: Leah,kelly, and Taylor

The life of Ashoka the Great

In the picture above: Asoka the Great

One day, in the land of Bangladesh, India, their lived a king named Ashoka the Great. He was a very strong and powerful leader. He took care of his empire and was influenced by others. While he was in rule, he changed his empire not only in a good way, but in bad ways too.

In this picture: Elephants carrying men ,from the Mauryan Empire, into battle.

In the pic below: battle of kalinga

Examples of bad changes throughout his empire that he caused were: making his military weaker by not having enough confidence in them or in himself, and by not having enough power in his opinion, making himself weaker. Therefore, it caused a big ruckus and his military lost more and more battles. For example, in the battle against the powerful kingdom of Kalinga, Ashoka renounced bloodshed and implemented policy of nonviolence or ahimsa.

A couple of days later after Ashoka's last battle against Kalinga, he fell ill and started to tell a scribe about his life as a little boy and life as a king ruling the Mauryan Empire. The story he told the scribe was about the rise and fall of his empire (time period), geography, daily life activities, government, economy, art/architecture, contributions/inventions/technology, religious beliefs slavery, modern times, and other interesting information. Here is his story:

I was born 304 B.C. in present day Bangladesh, India. I was raised by a great father whose name was Bindusara, my mother not alive during my childhood. I had one younger brother and I also had older half brothers. Early on I showed great promise. When I started showing success as a military leader, my older brothers began to fear that I would ascend to the throne.When an uprising occurred in the Takshashila province, Prince Susima suggested to my father that I would be the best person to deal with it. When news reached the province that I was coming, the fighting stopped. The militia who had started the revolt welcomed my arrival.

In the pic to the right: A better pic of Ashoka the great , in battle.

In this picture: An Example of the amount of land that Asoka the Great owned but this is nothing compared to the exact amount!

My land mass was very worthwhile because i had a total land area of 2,973,190 square kilometers including my territorial seas which were claimed to me a total of 3,287,590 square kilometers. I also owned three main geological regions which were the indo-Gangetic plains and the Himalayas which wre collectively known as North India" and the Peninsulas or South India. Also my land included ten physiological regions which were the Indo-Gangetic Plains, northern mountains of the Himalayas, Central Highlands, Deccan or Peninsular Plateaus, East Coast (Coromandel Coast in south), West Coast (Konkan, Kankara, and Malabar coasts), Great Indian Desert (known as Thar Desert in Pakistan) and Rann of Kutch, valley of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, northeastern hill ranges surrounding Assam Valley, and islands of Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.

This is an example of the rich soil that their empire grew and lived by and on.

My Climate was very odd but very nice at the same time. My reasoning behind this is because my climate varies significantly from the Himalayas in the North to Tropical south. My empire has four seasons. relatively dry, cool winter December to Fabuary. Hot summer from March to May. Southwest monsoon June to September when predominating Southwest maritime winds bring rains to moast of my country. Last but not least the northeast, or retreating, monsoon for October and November.

My land was Situated on rich alluvial soil and near mineral deposits, especially iron, Magadha was at the center of bustling commerce and trade. The capital was a city of magnificent palaces, temples, a university, a library, gardens, and parks, as reported by Megasthenes, the third-century B. C. Greek historian and ambassador to the Mauryan court.

In this picture: Magdha

In the pic to the left: peace sign standing for the peace Ashoka gave for neighboring kingdoms

In the pic above: a cross that represents that Asoka the great was open to whatever religion people wanted to worship

I signed peace treaties with many of the neighboring kingdoms even though with India's resources, I would have little trouble to conquer them outright. I took the very innovative position of protecting minority interests in India. I required nonviolence as well as tolerance of all other religions and all opinions. My Empire was both polytheist and monatheist meaning that we believed in both one and many gods. This happened because i am a monotheist but i allow my empire to worship more than one god so we are both." I also defined the main principles of dharma as nonviolence, tolerance of all sects and opinions, obedience to parents and other religious teachers and priests, liberality toward friends, humane treatment of servants, and generosity towards all."

*As Ashoka the great talked through more of his lifestyles he saw himself as a little boy again and started to cry* When i was a little boy i had always dreamed of following in my dad and grandfather's footsteps. I am not only one of the greatest kings of India but also one of the greatest kings in the entire world. My government of the Mauryan Empire was very precise. I created a highly bureaucratic government. I divided the empire into four Provinces, each headed by a royal prince. Each province was then divided into local districts, whose officials assessed taxes and enforced the law. My laws were very harsh and very precise. Some people of the Mauryan Empire did not like the laws and may have disobeyed them, but they had to suffer the consequences.

For my economy, trade and commerce played an important role for my empire. The major products they had were crops,minerals,glass,ivory, and copper. The geography affected trade by making it easier to travel and communicate better with other empires. The economy was not based on a division of social classes. it was based on the division of provinces. They were wealthy because trade became easier and others worked well and communicated well.

In this pic: old time copper that they traded

Mauryan Empire money ~>

In the pic above: An example of writing

For art/Architecture, it played a very wise and precise way in the empire. thier main forms of art were sculptures, stones, and pictures. the architecture was very wellorganized and the paint/writings were awesome and very good. we can learn that the empire was strong and each person of the empire was brave and courages. For contributions/inventions/technology, the mayor contributions of my empire was extensive roads, and the teachings of Buddism.

So, was my empire strong?Yes. Was my Empire as strong as it could have been? No. Did my people believe that thier lifestyles are what they should've been? Yes. Did I make my Empire a good and strong Empire? Yes. These are the questions that I ask myself everyday that i wake up. Do you believe that the mauryan Empire a good empire? R.I.P Ashoka the Great!(304 BC – 232 BC)


Created and presented to you by: Leah Clark, Kelly Hudson, and Taylor Miller. Hope You Enjoyed!!!

The Life Of Asoka The Great  
The Life Of Asoka The Great  

Asoka the Great has a flashback and tells the story of his past life when he ruled the Mauryan Empire.