The Gupta Empire

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1989 - 174 pages
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The present work describes the material and moral progress which India had achieved during the paramount sovereignty of the Gupta emperors in the fourth and fifth centuries a.d. It traces the origin and rise of the ruling family to Srigupta (240-280 a.d.) and concludes with the reign of Kumaragupta III (543 a.d.). It discusses the spirit of the age and the various trends in the sphere of Religion, Economy, Society, Education, Administration, Art and Architecture. It seeks to bring together all the facts and data derivable from different sources--literary, epigraphic and numismatic, the accounts of foreign visitors, particularly of the Chinese pilgrim Fa-hien who has left a detached and valuable record of India`s civilization during the reign of Chandragupta II. Herein we get an accurate picture of India`s golden age, the growth of her various institutions, her activities of expansion, colonization and her intercourse with Indonesia, China and other countries. The work is divided into sixteen chapters. It has an index of proper names and an addenda on the hoard of new Imperial Gupta coins discovered at Bayana in Bharatpur. The work is very interesting and instructive and is designed to meet the requirements of the academic student of history and the general reader alike.
 

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Contents

BEGINNINGS
1
Greek Saka Pahlava Kushān 3 Saka Satrapies 4 Nāgas 6 Bhārasivas
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CHAPTER III
13
sheņa 19 Campaigns and Conquests 19 First Campaign in Aryāvarta
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Campaign in Dakshināpatha 20 Second Campaign in Aryāvarta 23 Forest
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his Reign 46 Conquest of Saka territories 47 Ministers 48 Administrative
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LionSlayer 54 Territorial significance of Lion 54 Figure of DurgāSimhavāhana
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Free Hospitals 61 Nālandā 61 Rājagņiha 61 BodhGaya 62 SeaVoyage
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CHAPTER X
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standing and seated 110 Damodarpur Copperplate Inscriptions 110 Details
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Buddhist Samgha 123 Vainya Gupta as King in eastern Bengal
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CHAPTER XVI
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gious Endowments 134 Secular Endowments 135 Education and Learning
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Saira Sculptures 141 Kșishṇa Sculptures 141 Buddhist Sculptures
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148 Banking 149 Public Works of Utility 150 Political Conditions
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disputed succession 93 Administration 94 Parnadatta Governor of Surāshtra
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CHAPTER VIII
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