Chandragupta Maurya and His Times

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1966 - History - 263 pages
This is a comprehensive work dealing with the life and times of India`s first historical emperor, and a picture of the civilization of India in the early period of the fourth century BC. The author had utilized much material found in Arthasastra. The work also embodies collation and comparison of evidence from different sources, classical works in Sanskrit, Buddhist and jaina texts and the inscriptions of Asoka. The book gives a detailed account of Chandragupta Maurya and the general view of his administration. It has covered almost all aspects of administration including the king, ministers and officers with rules of service and divisions of administrative departments; governance of land system and rural administration along with municipal administration, the source of law and dispensation of justice and the army and its management. Besides social and economic conditions of that times have been elaborately discussed. The detailed contents serves as an index of subjects, the other parts are--Index of technical terms, three appendics which enrich utility of the book and a plate of typical Mauryan Coins.
 

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On page 9(last paragraph), the writer 'assumes' the name of the woman as 'Mura' instead of the apparant 'Murasmaj' (from her own citation within brackets), then finds fault with the grammer of the commentator.
Page 11 (last paragraph) suggests that the 'Last Name' of people were based on the names of their mothers. e.g. Nandas to Sunanda and Maurya to Mura.
 

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It is Very nice book which helps to know the detail about history of Chandragupta and Chanakya.

Contents

CHAPTER I
1
of Nandas 6 Evidence of Purāņas 7 of Arthasāstra 8 Varņās
10
CHAPTER II
18
How they fought Alexander 24 Causes of their defeat 26 Alliance
27
Partition of his Empire excluding India 31 Chandragupta leads
33
Empire up to Persia 36 Gift of 500 Indian elephants 37 Supposed
38
Eggermont
45
Varņāsramadharma 49 Duties of different Castes 49 and
51
agaiost Epidemics 138 Killing rats 138 RatCess 138 Control
139
Mining 146 Roads 147 Summary of Agreements
147
Inheritance 154 Sons of different kinds
154
an offence 157 List of Offences 157 Arrest 158 Abetment 158
158
CHAPTER X
165
Greek Accounts of Equipment 170 Kautilyas Account 170
172
Elephants in military operations 178 ElephantRiders 178 Eastern
178
Caste and Craft 184 Brahmins 184 Sramaņas 186 Their
188

Interviews Upasthana Agnyāgāra 51 Maxims for Royalty 57
57
Processions at Festivals 62 Courtly Pomp 62 Ceremony of washing
63
according to Kautilya 68 Pataliputra as described in Buddhist texts
71
Maurya trade in images of gods 76 Hierarchy of Officers from
81
Pensions 88 Payment of salary in cash and kind
88
Sannidhātā 97Government Buildings 97 Treasury 97 Grapary
98
Means of Irrigation 103 Agricultural Seasons 103
103
Table of Tolls
117
CHAPTER VII
124
127 Rural Staff 128 Fiscal Classification of Villages 128 Village
127
CHAPTER VIII
133
Slavery 195 Religion
195
Uncultivated Wastes and Forestry 201 Forest Staff
201
Seaborne Trade 207 Pāṇini on Roads 208 Pata˝jali on Roads
208
210 Corals 210 Fragrant Woods 210 Skins 210 Blankets 211
211
Coins
219
Key to Plates I II 227228
225
Parallelisms between Aśokas Edicts and Kautilyas
236
INDEX OF NAMES
247
INDEX OF SANSKRIT WORDS
256
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