sources mention that Samprati ruled from Ujjain and Pataliputra. This would
suggest that the capital of the western-part of the empire was moved from the
north to Ujjain. The decade following was to see the conflict between
Antiochus III of Syria and Euthydemus of Bactria, with Bactria emerging as a
strong power, ready to threaten north-western India. It is quite likely that a
number of principalities in the trans Indus region broke away from the
empire, while Samprati was occupied in establishing himself at Pataliputra.
Gradually the concentration of attention moved to Magadha and the main line
of the Mauryan dynasty lived out its years at Pataliputra, unable to prevent or
control the breaking up of the empire in the more distant regions. After a
reign of nine years Samprati was followed by Salisuka who ruled for thirteen
    The successor of Salisuka, mentioned as Somavarman or Devavarman,
ruled for seven years. The last two kings of the Mauryan dynasty were
Satadhanvan who is said to have ruled for eight years, and finally
Brihadratha, who ruled for seven years and was assassinated by Pushyamitra
Asokan Edicts
Their importance came to be appreciated only after their decipherment by
James Prinsep of the ElCO in 1837 and also the identification of Asoka as the
author of these edicts in the beginning of the 20th century. Majority of them
are in the nature of Asoka’s proclamations to the public at large, and only a
small group of them describe his own acceptance of Buddhism and his
relationship with the Sangha. The Asokan edicts and inscriptions inform us
not only about Asoka’s personality but also about the main events of his
    The Asokan inscriptions are in (a) the Prakrit language (which varies
according to zonal requirements) and the Brahmi script, (b) North-Western
Prakrit and the Kharoshti script, (c) the Greek language and script, and (d)
the Aramaic language and script.