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The Golden Age of the Guptas. ESSENTIAL QUESTION Who were the Guptas, and when did they rule India? The Gupta Empire After Asoka, collapse of Maurya Empire led to 500 years of conflict Magadha’s Gupta family took over – Chandra Gupta I began rule A.D. 320

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The golden age of the guptas

The Golden Age of the Guptas

ESSENTIAL QUESTION Who were the Guptas, and when did they rule India?

The Gupta Empire

  • After Asoka, collapse of Maurya Empire led to 500 years of conflict

  • Magadha’s Gupta family took over – Chandra Gupta I began rule A.D. 320

    - Gupta I gained lands through marriage; son conquered lands for empire

  • India had golden age during reign of Chandra Gupta II, A.D. 375-415

    Art and Literature

  • Arts (architecture, murals, statues) thrived under Chandra Gupta II

  • Kalidasa’s famed Sanskrit plays, poems include Sakuntala love story


Mathematics science and metallurgy

Mathematics, Science, and Metallurgy

  • Indians invented our numeral and decimal systems, symbol for zero

  • A mathematician figured length of year, value of pi

  • Doctors expanded Ayurvedic medicine, world’s oldest medical system

  • Artisans developed advanced metallurgy (metal working)

    - included 23-foot iron pillar over Delhi in A.D. 400

    - no others made a piece of iron as large until 1,000 years later


Hw assignment gupta letter

HW AssignmentGupta Letter

Create a letter from a Gupta perspective focusing on its major achievements and why the Gupta Reign was a “Golden Age” for India. Follow similar format as the “letter from Ashoka.”

Sample start…

Just like Shi Huangdi had done in China, we the Gupta family united India after centuries of turmoil between the different regional kingdoms. We the Guptas provided India with its “Golden Age.” We were responsible for…..


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