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Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas$
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Romila Thapar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077244.001.0001

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The Later Mauryas

The Later Mauryas

(p.228) Chapter VI The Later Mauryas
Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas

Romila Thapar

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Mauryan rulers that followed Aśoka Maurya. It explains that the years after the death of Aśoka saw the end of the Mauryan dynasty as a political force in India. While the Mauryan rulers continued to rule for another half-century, the dynasty collapsed completely in the early part of the second century BC. and gave way to the Śungas. After the death of Aśoka around 233–232 BC., the empire was divided into the western and eastern halves. This chapter provides a list of Mauryan rulers that followed Aśoka, including Kunāla, Devavarma, and Brhadratha.

Keywords:   Mauryan rulers, Mauryan dynasty, political force, India, Śungas, Kunāla, Devavarma, Brhadratha

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