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Hinduism - What Are The Rock Edicts Of Ancient India?


The Mauryan emperor Ashoka (r. 269–32 B.C.E.) commissioned a collection of inscriptions.

The inscriptions included formal royal policy statements as well as advice and instructions to his subjects on a number of subjects, including religious tolerance.

In general, the rock edicts were carved into massive boulders or rock faces near the Mauryan Empire's frontiers, thereby symbolically marking the empire's bounds.

Even though various instances of these edicts were located in widely distant regions, the language remained largely consistent across the empire.

The pillar edicts, the second main type of Ashokan inscriptions, were engraved on polished Chunar sandstone pillars and placed along the empire's important highways, where they would have been visible to pedestrians.


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Hinduism - Who Was Kautilya?


Kautilya is said to be the author of the Arthashastra ("Treatise on Authority"), a treatise that serves as a guide on the use of royal power.

The king depicted in the Arthashastra is unconcerned about goals or aspirations, preferring to do whatever it takes to stay in power.

Kautilya is widely known as the Machiavellian brahmin minister who planned Chandragupta Maurya's ascent to power, however there are substantial questions that both Kautilyas are the same person. 


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