"In the history of the world there have been thousands of kings and emperors who called themselves 'their highnesses,' 'their majesties,' and 'their exalted majesties' and so on. They shone for a brief moment, and as quickly disappeared. But Ashoka shines and shines brightly like a bright star, even unto this day."
“Surrender of Porus to the Emperor Alexander”
-Disgusted by the violence and carnage, Ashoka converted to Buddhism
Ordered the digging of wells, the planting of shade trees, and the building of rest stops along the empire’s major highways (integrating the kingdom’s economy)
Buddhist symbol - the Dharma wheel – representing
the teachings of the Buddha
But India was similar to Western Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire
The absence of a consistent imperial unity did not prevent the evolution of a lasting civilization
Why were centralized empires so much less prominent in India than in China?