Maurya Connections

Ring Stone, 2nd – 1st century BCE, Metropolitan Museum of Art no. 2000.284.10,

During the Maurya Empire, how did the connections between India and other regions of Afroeurasia increase?

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This inquiry set provides students with sources to analyze the types of connections that existed during the period of the Maurya Empire. The Maurya Empire was the first large empire in South Asia, and the Mauryans forged strong connections with Persia, the Hellenistic Mediterranean, Central Asia, and China. The most obvious connections were political and economic, but there were also social and cultural connections in religion, art, and scientific ideas.