In the confusion that followed the fall of the Mauryan empire, as waves of Central Asians and Parthians marched into India, a new empire rose in the Deccan. They went on to rule for over 300 years and create some of the most exquisite works, which they left behind. We tell you the story of the Satavahanas - the Deccan’s first Empire builders
Emperor Ashoka was one of India’s most extraordinary rulers and his transformation from a brutal conqueror to a propounder of peace is stuff of legends. Yet his memory was forgotten for centuries. How was the story of Ashoka pieced together and what do we really know of the man?
It was a brief interlude but the time Alexander spent in the Indian Subcontinent had a deep impact. It shaped the West’s perception of India as ‘exotic’ and left a lasting memory here, so much so, that the very term used for foreigners in Sanskrit - Yavana, stems from ‘Ionian’ Greeks!
The disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilisation gave way to the second wave of urbanisation, from 1400 BCE to 600 BCE. This was a period of great expansion – it saw the rise of India’s first large cities, the beginnings of commerce and the birth of great centres of learning. We start our journey in the eternal city of Kashi...