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The Mauryan Empire Field Trip

Travel back in time exploring in ancient India on a fascinating adventure through the Mauryan Empire.
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Sennuwy Johnson

on 13 March 2011

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Mauryan Empire Guided Tours 101 Travel back in time with us to explore ancient India in a fascinating Trip full of adventure and discovery through the Mauryan Empire! Don't Settle For Less! Come with us and broaden
your horizons! Our daily planner:
Visit Monuments
purchase souvenirs along the way
Learn about the civilization
Be one of few to travel through time
Enhance your imagination
Make your own crafts
Engage in Mauryan leisure activities
oh..and have fun! Irragation Systems & Farming

In the Mauryan Countryside, farming was viewed as the basic back-bone of society.
''State Owned Farms," were tools used by the government run under Chandragupta Maurya to feed his vast armies, and all his suporters. In this, he levied high taxes to support his troops.
"State Owned Farms," were occupied by peasents, of whom maintained the crops. Due to their work in the feilds, they were able to support their families.
Farmers had to give about one-half of their harvest to the king, equal to half their income.
Irrigation was also a very important feature of Mauryan life.
A dam built in the Mauryan countryside by one of Chandragupta Maurya's governors continuues to exist to this present day for eight hundred years well after it's construction. Bibliography: Brown, Robert W. "Lecture Notes: Early Indian and Chinese Civilizations." The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. UNCP, 11 Sept. 2005. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. <http://www.uncp.edu/home/rwb/lecture_asian_civ.htm>. "The Mauryan Empire - Economy." Www.thinkquest.org. Oracle Education Foundation, 25 Aug. 2010. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. <http://library.thinkquest.org/C006203/cgi-bin/stories.cgi?article=economy&section=history/mauryans&frame=parent>. The way of the land we will be covering today in the Mauryan Empire of ancient India. This is the Sanchi Stupa, and according to www.indiapicks.com, one of the great Stupas of India and is known for the artifacts like buddhist monuments and inscriptions that reveal that wealthy merchants owned them. "BUDDHIST ART & ARCHITECTURE." India Picks - The Pick of Indian Topics. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. <http://www.indiapicks.com/annapurna/B_Buddhist.htm>. "- MAURYAN EMPIRE CHANDRAGUPTA MAURYA." THE World History. Blogspot, Jan. 2010. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. <http://kingsofhistory.blogspot.com/2010/01/mauryan-empire-chandragupta-maurya.html>. "Maurya Dynasty." Historyfacebook. Wikispaces, 2011. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. <http://historyfacebook.wikispaces.com/Maurya+Dynasty>. McNair, Sylvia. "Ancient Civilizations." Tripod | Error. Suriya Creations, 20 Dec. 2004. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. <http://greetingindia.tripod.com/ancient.html>. This is an exterior view of the structerized irrigation systems commonly seen throughout the Mauryan Empire Check out some Mauryan carving artwork and VISITATION SITES A carved sculpture of Chandragupta Maurya A carved sculpture of the head of Ashoka Maurya, the 'greatest' emperor of the Mauryan Empire. An illustration of how the roads during the Mauryan Empire supposedly looked. Hello we are Sennuwy Johnson, Amy Salinas, and Taylor Campbell,
Your hosts for your journey into the unknown!
So sit tight and relax folks, enjoy your guided tour around India's first empire The Pilar of Ashoka A pillar of Asoka created around 301 B.C. The Ashoka Pillar Delhi Pataliputra! The Mauryan Empire's Capital
The capital of the Mauryan Empire was Pataliputra
It was Chandragupta Maurya's magnificent capital
A golden period for India
Super wealthy
The biggest and most beautiful city in the world
The greatest city in India
Pretty much a utopia
Life was great
Made as if it was for splendor and luxury
Palaces, temples, a university, a library, gardens, parks
Nalanda University
in
Pataliputra Mahabodhi Temple! Mahabodhi Temple
Buddhist stupa in Bodhgaya, india
most sacred site in buddhism
near the bodhi tree -- where the buddha meditated
where the buddha achieved enlightenment
asoka founded it
asoka marked it as one of his trademark inscribed pillars
- with an elephant capital
vajrasana - (diamond throne) where the buddha reached enlightenment (asoka built it) Works Cited
"The First Indian Empire ." World History International: World History Essays From Prehistory To The Present. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://history-world.org/indian_empire.htm>.
"Indian History." India - Portal for India. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.gatewayforindia.com/history.htm>.
"Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhgaya, India." Sacred Sites at Sacred Destinations - Explore Sacred Sites, Religious Sites, Sacred Places. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.sacred-destinations.com/india/bodhgaya-mahabodhi-temple>.
"Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya - UNESCO World Heritage Centre." UNESCOWorld Heritage Centre - Official Site. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1056>.
"The Mauryan Empire - All Empires." All Empires: Online History Community. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.allempires.com/article/index.php?q=mauryan_empire>.
"Mauryan Empire Timeline, Features,economic, Political Structure of Mauryan Empire." A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety ::Indianchild.com. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.indianchild.com/mauryan_empire.htm>.
"Pataliputra." AncientWorlds. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Places/Place/419417>.
MAURYAN
eMPIRE
SOUVENIRS! Thought For The Day!
(Why it matters)

The challenges Chandragupta Maurya faced uniting India such as the diversity of peoples, cultures, beliefs, and languages continues to present great difficulty in the unification of India today.

Though the Mauryans were able to establish an empire for sevral years;(321 B.C.-232 B.C.) the Mauryan empire did not unify India permamently. It's A BlAST From the past.. 1,ooo years concluding Aryan migrations, small kingdoms began to rise in the Indian peninsula.
In 326 B.C. Alexander the Great brought the Indus Valley under Macedonian control for a short period of time.
This gave way to an era of reign under Chandragupta Maurya, a brilliant military strategist. By 303 B.C., the mauryan empire stretched for more than two thousand miles. Chandragupta Maurya relied on an intelligent adviser, Kautilya a preist, (having given up his warrior-like ways) to help guide him in the rule of his vast empire, now uniting north India and extending over a vast majority of India. After following Kautilya's advice, Chandragupta created a bureaucratic government, dividing his empire into four provinces governed by royal princes.
Thus, following each province were districts enforced by the law. In 301 B.C. Chandragupta's grandson inherited the throne, he brought the Mauryan Empire to it's greatest achievements.
When Asoka first inherited the empire he followed Chandragupta's footsteps waging a bloody war and later resorting to peace through a religon. Asoka studied Buddhism, focusing on peace to all. Throughout the empire Asoka erected huge pillars inscribed with his polocies of establishing peace and order in his kingdom.

Asoka's edicts tolerated, and encouraged religous toleration.

Others urged nonviolence, and his wish to treat his citizens with respect.

Works Cited Page

Ancient World History Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2007. Print
"Maurya Dynasty." Livius. Articles on Ancient History. Web. 02 Mar. 2011. <http://www.livius.org/man-md/mauryas/mauryas.html>. We alas have reached the end of our
jouirney!
we hope that when you come to india again that you may come and tour with us again!
To reach us dial 626-837-990
outside hours 989-327-2334 This is a map of the empire of Murya and its
geographical characteristics
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