Historians have used a variety of sources to reconstruct the history of the Mauryan Empire. State any four such sources.
Historians have used a variety of sources to reconstruct the history of the Mauryan Empire.
These sources are
- Archaeological finds, especially sculptures, have helped in reconstructing Mauryan history. The Iron Pillar and the Sarnath Pillar have shed light on technological advancements during the Mauryan rule.
- Literary sources such as Indica written by Megasthenes who visited the court of Chandragupta Maurya and Arthshastra by Kautilya shed light on the Mauryan administration.
- Jain, Buddhist and Puranic traditions and Sanskrit literary works have also been used by historians to study about Mauryan rulers.
- Asokan inscriptions on rocks and pillars have been an important source of history. They shed light on the religious and social policies of the Mauryan kings.
Concept: Interpretation of Inscriptions by Historians - Mauryan to the Gupta Period
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