The Successors of the Mauryas: A Political History Based on Coins and Inscriptions

By: Prashant Srivastava

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The period c 187 BC to 319 AD, that is the period beginning with the decline and downfall of the Mauryas and ending with the rise of the Imperial Guptas, sandwiched as it is between these two great dynasties of ancient India, was,till very recent times, called the first dark age of ancient Indian history. However, it is one of the most interesting periods of ancient Indian history, and has received the attention of historians, most of them numismatists and epigraphists, as coins and inscriptions are the two major sources for the study of the political history of the period. This work is meant as a textbook on the political history of the successors of the Mauryas, for the use of undergraduate and postgraduate students of ancient Indian history, particularly those students, who have opted for courses in ancient Indian numismatics and epigraphy. I hope that it shall equip them to appreciate the historical importance of coins and inscriptions, and locate them in their true historical perspective. As always, the drafts of the work were read by Prof K K Thaplyal, and by my father, Shri Priyonath Srivastava; sadly, I lost the latter, while the work was in progress. My sincere thanks to both of them, for their appreciation, criticism, and valuable suggestions. My mother, Mrs Pushplata Srivastava, has been a constant source of inspiration. Thanks are also due to my wife, and my daughters, Pratichi and Purvi, and my nephews, Ayush and Raxit, for their untiring support during the progress of this book. The Tagore Library, University of Lucknow, Lucknow; the State Museum, Lucknow; the Archaeological Survey of India, Lucknow Circle, Lucknow; the Central Library, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi; and the National Museum, New Delhi, provided facilities of study, for which I owe thanks to their respective librarians and staff.The photographs of coins published have been provided by the State Museum, Lucknow, and the IIRNS, Nashik, for which I thank both the institutions. Dr. Agam Prasad, of Agam Kala Prakashan, Delhi, promptly took up the book for publication; my thanks to him and his staff, especially Shri Ashok Kumar Pandey, for the care they have put in in the publication of the book. 18 November 2016 Prashant Srivastava Prashant Srivastava. Printed Pages: 248 with 103 b/w plates.

Title: The Successors of the Mauryas: A Political History Based on Coins and Inscriptions

Author Name: Prashant Srivastava

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Agam Kala Prakashan: 2017

ISBN: 8173201730

ISBN 13: 9788173201738

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 15 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 111504

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