THE MAURYAN EMPIRE
POLITICAL HISTORY
I. Great Maurya (90 years)
    •   Chandragupta (321-297 BC): Conquest of Gangetic Valley, Central
        India & Trans-Indus Region; Alliance with Seleucus; Megasthenes"
        stay; patronage to Jainism.
    •   Bindusara (297-72 BC): Conquest of peninsula except Kalinga &
        south; Alliance with Antiochus I; Daimachus" stay; patronage to
        Ajivikas
    •   Ashoka (268-32 BC): War of succession; Conquest of Kalinga;
        patronage of Buddism; Adoption of dhamma
II. Later Mauryas (47 years)
    •   Dasaratha (East) & Kunala (West) – Division of empire
    •   Samprati – Reunion & subsequent loss of the west
    •   Salisuka
    •   Devavarman
    •   Satadhanvan
    •   Brihadrata – Greek invasion & overthrow by Pusyamitra
Sources
Introduction Our understanding of India’s past becomes clearer since the
last quarter of the fourth century BC. This marks the spread of the growing
power of Magadha over north India and then over greater parts of the
subcontinent. Magadhan supremacy reached its zenith during the Maurya rule
and especially during the reign of Asoka (272-233 BC), the greatest of the
Maurya rulers. The Maurya epoch is one of the well worked out phases in
early Indian history, mainly because     of the availability of a large number of