Ancestry of Chandragupta Maurya

Ancestry Of Chandragupta Maurya

Ancestry of Chandragupta Maurya

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The ancestry of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Maurya Empire, is debated.

The identification of Chandragupta Maurya with Sandrokottos

Little, if anything, is known for certain about Chandragupta Maurya's origins. For two centuries historians have been trying to establish the chronology of early India. The question of whether Chandragupta can be identified with the figure known in ancient Greek texts as Sandrokottos is one element in fixing the chronology. The philologist William Jones began the systematic study of the chronology in the late 18th century. His work and that of his contemporaries are still highly regarded. Arthur A. MacDonell wrote, "Early India wrote no history because it never made any. The ancient Indians never went through a struggle for life like the Greeks, the Persians and the Romans. Secondly, the Brahmanas early embraced the doctrine that all action and existence are a positive evil and could therefore have felt but little inclination to chronicle historical events."

Subsequent scholars took the identity of Sandrokottos with Chandragupta Maurya as proven and carried on further research. James Prinsep, deciphered the Brahmi script and was able to read the inscriptions of Piyadassin...
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