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(Books) Asoka & The Decline of The Mauryas by Romila Thapar
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Ashoka the Great - Rise of the Mauryan Empire Documentary
Romila Thapar'smonographrepresentsa very realisticapproachto the political and social structure of the MauryanAge which had its culmination in AMoka,the monarch and monk, the "Kaiserund Missionar",the Indian Constantine-as modern scholars have called him. Thapar interprets him as man and monarch in the first place, and not as monk and missionary, and she regards the historical efficiency of his conversion to Buddhism as more relevant than the degree of his religious conviction. She cannot but say that A4oka was an ambitious ruler who had found in Buddhism a "socio-intellectualmovement" which practicallysuited his imperial aims as a "cementing factor". Dhamma ought to be interpretedas an ethical concept and not as a religious idea. It is refreshing to see that Dr.