Ashoka by Charles Allen
The Search for India's Lost Emperor

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Ashoka Maurya—or Ashoka the Great as he was later known—holds a special place in the history of India. Through his third century BCE quest to govern the Indian subcontinent by moral force alone, Ashoka transformed Buddhism from a minor sect into a major world religion. His bold experiment ended in tragedy, and in the tumult that followed the historical record was cleansed so effectively that his name was largely forgotten for almost two thousand years.

Yet, a few mysterious stone monuments and inscriptions miraculously survived the purge. In Ashoka: The Search for India’s Lost Emperor, historian Charles Allen tells the incredible story of how a few enterprising archaeologists deciphered the mysterious lettering on keystones and recovered India’s ancient past. Drawing from rich sources, Allen crafts a clearer picture of this enigmatic figure than ever before.

About Charles Allen

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CHARLES ALLEN is the author of many distinguished books about India and the colonial experience, including Plain Tales from the Raj, Kipling Sahib, and The Buddha and Dr. Fuhrer. A traveller, historian, and master storyteller, he is one of the great chroniclers of India.
Published September 27, 2012 by Overlook Hardcover. 480 pages
Genres: History, Travel.

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His revolutionary edicts enabled Ashoka to conquer by Dharma, undermining the authority of the Brahman by calling for religious tolerance and the banning of animal sacrifice.

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... Concerning this, Beloved-of-the-Gods says: Wherever there are stone pillars or
stone slabs, there this Dharma edict is to be engraved so that it ...

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In the year 321 BC a powerful chieftain, known to history as Chandragupta Maurya, came to the throne of Magadha, one of the many north Indian states, in a part of India that is now known as Bihar.

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