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The first state to unify most of the Indian subcontinent. It was founded by Chandragupta Maurya in 324 B.C.E. and survived until 184 B.C.E. From its capital at Pataliputra in the Ganges Valley it grew wealthy from taxes. (184)
Grandson of Chandragupta; most honored emperor for his commitment to spreading peace and prosperity to all; was Buddhist but accepted other religions; decline came after his death
The Dravidian language spoken since prehistoric times by the Tamil people in southern India and Sri Lanka
Golden Age of India; ruled through central government but allowed village power; restored Hinduism
A system of ancient caravan routes across Central Asia, along which traders carried silk and other trade goods.
The dynasty that ruled China for more than 100 years; divided into two periods - each lasting two centuries.
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