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Citizen Soldiers
and Laborers


In the Mauryan Empire they had many volunteer soldiers. King Darius, of Persia, conquered part of the Persian Empire, and after he conquered that empire he

helped pay taxes in the Mauryan Empire, which in return helped, pay many volunteer citizen soldiers. These volunteered soldiers helped in the Persian invasion of

If a network of Persian spies can be believed, Chandragupta's army consisted of 600,000 men, 9,000 elephants, chariots, and a naval auxiliary. All of these components

 were paid by the royal treasury, which again means that these men in the army were volunteer citizen soldiers.
Some smart people from the Mauryan Empire state that Asoka's death resulted in the rapid fall of the Mauryan Empire. These scholars also state that after Asoka's

death the military weakened. There might have been many volunteer citizen soldiers in Asoka's army, which means that Asoka might have been a good payer to these

 volunteer soldiers. There were also Mauryan people who worked as laborers.

Most Mauryan People worked on farms which were either there own or owned by the city. If people didn't work on farms then they worked as animal herders,

weavers, or pottery makers. A large section worked in the army, like I stated above, they were paid well and lived a comfortable life. All of these people paid taxes

except for Hindu priests, Buddhist, and Jain monks.

                    World History: Upshur, Terry, Holoka, Goff, and Cassar; Wadsworth/Thomson Learning