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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127 Rural Staff 128 Fiscal Classification of Villages 128 Village
against Epidemics 138 Killing rats 138 RatCess 138 Control
Mining 146 Roads 147 Summary of Agreements
Inheritance 154 Sons of different kinds
an offence 157 List of Offences 157 Arrest 158 Abetment 158
Greek Accounts of Equipment 170 Kautilyas Account 170

Varṇāsramadharma 49 Duties of different Castes 49 and
Interviews Upasthana Agnyāgāra 51 Maxims for Royalty
Processions at Festivals 62 Courtly Pomp 62 Ceremony of washing
according to Kautilya 68 Pațaliputra as described in Buddhist texts
Maurya trade in images of gods 76 Hierarchy of Officers from
Service 85 Pensions 88 Payment of salary in cash and kind
Sannidhätä 97 Government Buildings 97 Treasury 97 Granary
Rainfall 103 Means of Irrigation 103 Agricultural Seasons 103
Superintendent of SlaughterHouse
115 Table of Tolls
Elephants in military operations 178 ElephantRiders 178 Eastern
Caste and Craft 184 Brahmins 184 Śramanas 186 Their
194 Slavery 195 Religion
Uncultivated Wastes and Forestry 201 Forest Staff
Seaborne Trade 207 Panini on Roads 208 Patanjali on Roads
210 Corals 210 Fragrant Woods 210 Skins 210 Blankets 211
Fortresses as described by Greek writers 221 Towns mentioned
Parallelisms between Aśokas Edicts and Kautilyas

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