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Ashoka in Ancient India

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ISBN 9780674057777

Publication Date: 08/05/2015


408 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

7 color illustrations, 38 halftones, 3 maps

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  • Illustrations*
  • Maps**
  • Acknowledgements
  • Prelude
  • 1. An Apocryphal Early Life
  • 2. Pataliputra and the Prince
  • 3. Mauryan Taxila
  • 4. Affairs of the Heart and State
  • 5. The End and the Beginning
  • 6. The Emperor’s Voice
  • 7. Extending the Arc of Communication to Afghanistan
  • 8. An Expansive Imperial Articulation
  • 9. The Message in the Landscape
  • 10. Building Beliefs into Edifices
  • 11. An Ageing Emperor’s Interventions
  • 12. Of Wifely Woes and the Emperor’s Death
  • Epilogue: The Emperor’s Afterlife
  • Appendix: The Inscriptions of Ashoka
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Illustrations (Items in italics denote colour pictures)
    • Prelude 1. Erragudi rocks as they appear from the surrounding fields
    • Prelude 2. Part of Ashoka’s message on the rocks of Erragudi
    • 1.1. Ashoka and his queen on a second century CE panel of the Kanaganahalli stupa in Karnataka
    • 2.1. The hills of Rajagriha with a stupa in the foreground
    • 2.2. The Ganga river near Patna
    • 3.1. The city plan of Mauryan Taxila on the Bhir mound
    • 4.1 Ujjayini’s ancient mounds with the Sipra river in the background
    • 4.2. The Malwa plateau’s hills and forests as they appear near Bhimbetka
    • 4.3. Ujjayini’s Kanipura stupa which is associated with Devi
    • 6.1. The Rajula Mandagiri edict is engraved on the flat rock in the foreground, in front of the tree dominating a waterbody, with a temple behind it
    • 6.2. Worn-out section of the Rajula Mandagiri edict
    • 6.3. Palkigundu canopy rock—the edict is on a ledge beneath the canopy
    • 6.4. View of the surrounding area from the edict rock at Palkigundu
    • 6.5. The Maski edict, relatively legible and easy to read by people standing near it
    • 6.6. Siddapura edict, cramped by the ledge above it
    • 6.7. Brahmagiri enclosure with Siddapura rocks in the fields and Jatinga Rameshwara hill in the background
    • 6.8. Brahmagiri edict
    • 6.9. Ashoka’s edict in a rock shelter at Panguraria
    • 6.10. View of the countryside around the Panguraria rock shelter
    • 8.1. Part of the inscribed Kalsi rock in Uttarakhand as it appeared before a shed was built over it
    • 8.2. Stone slab of the Sannathi edict
    • 8.3. Rock edicts arranged in columns at Girnar
    • 9.1. Part of the historic dam that has survived (and can be seen in the foreground) at Junagadh
    • 9.2. Bhoria stupa in the Girnar forest, the massive cut created by nineteenth-century excavations still visible
    • 9.3. Copies of the copper, silver, and gold relic boxes found inside the Bhoria stupa (now in the Junagadh State Museum)
    • 10.1. Hills around the Barabar caves, the Phalgu river in the background
    • 10.2. Interior of the Sudama cave with a hut-like structure carved into the rock
    • 10.3. Lomasha Rishi cave architrave, with elephants moving towards a stupa
    • 10.4. Ashokan pillar at Lumbini, with the modern Maya-devi temple by its side
    • 10.5. Worshipping monks in front of Lumbini’s Ashokan pillar
    • 10.6. Gotihawa pillar remnant, once known as Phuteshwar Mahadeva
    • 10.7. Nigali Sagar pillar segments
    • 10.8. The mud stupa of Vaishali is in the centre, surrounded by later brick constructions
    • 10.9. Relic box from the Vaishali stupa (now in the Patna Museum)
    • 10.10. Vaishali pillar in the vicinity of a brick stupa
    • 10.11. The circular temple at Bairat. The Ashokan inscription was found below the overhanging rock at the edge of the hill
    • 10.12. Chunar monolithic railing at Sarnath
    • 10.13. The broken Sarnath pillar with the edict inscribed on it
    • 11.1. Ashokan pillar at Hissar fort (the lowest part) which was made part of a composite pillar
    • 11.2. A close-up of the Ashokan segment of the Hissar pillar with some Brahmi letters still intact
    • 11.3. Fatehabad segment of Ashokan pillar (the bottom part)
    • 12.1. Tissarakshita, Queen of Ashoka (Abanindranath Tagore)
    • 12.2. Sanghamitra with the Bodhi tree (Nandlal Bose)
    • Epilogue 1. Depiction of Ashoka supported by his wives on the upper segment of gateway pillar at Sanchi
    • Epilogue 2. Depiction of wheel-bearing pillar at Sanchi
    • Epilogue 3. Sculpture of Ashoka at Kalinga by Meera Mukherjee
  • ** Maps
    • Map 1. Distribution of the epigraphs of Ashoka
    • Map 2. Magadha’s political capitals: Rajagriha and Pataliputra
    • Map 3. Afghanistan in relation to Iran and Pakistan

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