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  • Chandraupta, born in a powerful kingdom of magadha, gathered an army, and killed the unpopular Nanda king, and seized the throne around 321 BC.  This began the Mauryan Dynasty.
  • Chandraguptas grandson, Asoka, assumed the throne in 269 BC and brought the empire to its strongest.
  • After a bloody battle at Kalinga Asoka felt sorrow for those who had perished and began studying Buddhism and the dharma.
  • Asoka had stone pillars with his edicts, or set of laws, on them.  They guaranteed that asoka would treat his subjects fairly.  Many still urged religious toleration.
  • Asoka had roads built to visit the far corners of India.  Every nine miles he had rest houses built for travelers to refresh themselves.
  • Asoka sent missionaries, including some of his children, to spread buddhism. Asoka built monasteries and stupas (buddhist shrines) for other buddhists
  • Although Asoka's policies where noble, they failed to hold the empire together when he died in 232 BC.
  • Down with the Mauryan Empire!!!
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