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        The Mauryan civilization was founded in India in the year 313 BC by Chandragupta Maurya.  It was one of the most powerful civilizations in the ancient world until the death of King Ashoka, grandson of Chandragupta.  Even after Ashoka's demise, many of India's following leaders claimed to be of Mauryan descent.  The Mauryans left behind a fascinating history, accompanied by the remnants of their culture.
        All empires, the Mauryans included, share several gubernatorial aspects, such as a uniform system of weights and measures, a stable government, and a
legal code.  Most civilizations also have in common a military bureaucracy, some sort of manpower and resources.  
        Empires also have some degree of culture.  This is evident in
public works, patronized learning and art, and a large territory with a diverse population.  Empires also have some sort of unity, which is demonstrated in a requirement of service from citizens and a sense of allegiance and patriotism.  

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