CHANDRAGUPTA MAURYA Biography - Royalty, Rulers & leaders


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Name: Chandragupta Maurya                                                         
Born: 340 BC                                                                       
Died: 298 BC                                                                       
Chandragupta Maurya , sometimes known simply as Chandragupta                       
(born c. 340 BCE, ruled c. 320 - 298 BCE), was the founder of                     
the Maurya Empire. Chandragupta succeeded in bringing together most of the         
Indian subcontinent. As a result, Chandragupta is considered the first unifier     
of India and the first genuine emperor of India.In foreign Greek and Latin         
accounts, Chandragupta is known as Sandrokuptos , Sandrokottos                     
or Androcottus.                                                                   
Prior to Chandragupta's consolidation of power, small regional kingdoms           
dominated the northwestern sub-continent, while the Nanda Empire dominated the     
Gangetic plain. After Chandragupta's conquests, the Maurya Empire extended         
from Bengal and Assam in the East, to Afghanistan and Balochistan in the West,     
to Kashmir and Nepal in the North, and to the Deccan Plateau in the South.         
His achievements, which ranged from defeating Alexander's Macedonian satrapies     
and conquering the Nanda Empire by the time he was only about 20 years old, to     
defeating Seleucus Nicator and establishing centralized rule throughout Southern   
Asia, remain some of the most celebrated in Indian history. Over two thousand     
years later, the accomplishments of Chandragupta and his successors, including     
Ashoka the Great, are objects of great study in the annals of South Asian and     
world history.