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Between the EmpiresSociety in India 300 BCE to 400 CE$
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Patrick Olivelle

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.001.0001

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The Tidal Waves of Indian History: Between the Empires and Beyond

The Tidal Waves of Indian History: Between the Empires and Beyond

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Between the Empires

Harry Falk

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The time from the Mauryas to the Guptas can be broadly divided into four phases, which are closely linked to a series of dynasties. The first phase comes with the Mauryas proper. The second phase is indigenous, covered by the succeeding dynasties of the Śuṅgas, the Kanvas, the so-called Mitras, Dattas, and others. The third phase is dominated by intruding Westerners, be they of Iranian, Scythian, or Kushana stock. The fourth phase is another phase of Indian resurrection. This chapter recognizes a dispersal of foreign rule and the return to traditional values. The movement culminates in the accession of the Guptas around 320 ce. The chapter also shows how some well-known and some new Brāhmī inscriptions as well as in Kharoṣṭhī script present evidence for changes of a general nature of two sorts.

Keywords:   Mauryas, Guptas, Śuṅgas, Kanvas, Iranian, Scythian, Kushana, Brāhmī inscriptions, Kharoṣṭhī script

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