Ashoka in Ancient India
Lahiri, Nayanjot, author.

Ashoka in Ancient India

Lahiri, Nayanjot, author.


Personal Author
Lahiri, Nayanjot, author.

First Harvard University Press edition.

Physical Description
xix, 385 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm

General Note
"First published in India by Permanent Black, 2015"--Title page verso.

An apocryphal early life -- Pataliputra and the prince -- Mauryan Taxila -- Affairs of the heart and state -- The end and the beginning -- The emperor's voice -- Extending the arc of communication to Afghanistan -- An expansive imperial articulation -- The message in the landscape -- Building beliefs into edifices -- An ageing emperor's interventions -- Of wifely woes and the emperor's death -- Epilogue: The emperor's afterlife -- Appendix: the inscriptions of Ashoka.

"In the third century BCE, Ashoka ruled an empire encompassing much of modern-day India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. During his reign, Buddhism proliferated across the South Asian subcontinent, and future generations of Asians came to see him as the ideal Buddhist king. Disentangling the threads of Ashoka's life from the knot of legend that surrounds it, Nayanjot Lahiri presents a vivid biography of this extraordinary Indian emperor and deepens our understanding of a legacy that extends beyond the bounds of Ashoka's lifetime and dominion. At the center of Lahiri's account is the complex personality of the Maurya dynasty's third emperor--a strikingly contemplative monarch, at once ambitious and humane, who introduced a unique style of benevolent governance. Ashoka's edicts, carved into rock faces and stone pillars, reveal an eloquent ruler who, unusually for the time, wished to communicate directly with his people. The voice he projected was personal, speaking candidly about the watershed events in his life and expressing his regrets as well as his wishes to his subjects. Ashoka's humanity is conveyed most powerfully in his tale of the Battle of Kalinga. Against all conventions of statecraft, he depicts his victory as a tragedy rather than a triumph--a shattering experience that led him to embrace the Buddha's teachings. Ashoka in Ancient India breathes new life into a towering figure of the ancient world, one who, in the words of Jawaharlal Nehru, "was greater than any king or emperor."--Publisher's description.

Personal Subject
Aśoka, King of Magadha, active 259 B.C.

Geographic Term
India -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
India -- History -- Maurya dynasty, ca. 322 B.C.-ca. 185 B.C.

Electronic Access
Book review (H-Net)

Bibliographical References
Includes bibliographical references (pages 354-371) and index.

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npmlib 10702003 DS451.5 L35 ysh

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