Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor by Charles Allen

By Charles Allen

India's misplaced emperor Ashoka Maurya has a different position in historical past. In his quest to manipulate India via ethical strength by myself he grew to become Buddhism from a minor sect right into a global faith, and manage a brand new yardstick for presidency. yet Ashoka's daring test led to tragedy and he used to be forgotten for nearly thousand years.

In this superbly written, multi-layered trip Charles Allen describes how fragments of the Ashokan tale have been steadily found, pieced jointly via various British Orientalists: antiquarians, archaeologists and epigraphists. In doing so, they did a lot to get better India's old historical past itself. The misplaced Emperor tells the tale of the guy who was once arguably the best ruler India has ever known.

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