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Gem In The Lotus

Gem In The Lotus

The Seeding of Indian Civilization

Eraly Abraham
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A comprehensive and compelling portrait of ancient India In Gem in the Lotus, Abraham Eraly, author of The Last Spring, the best-selling and critically acclaimed history of the Mughals, identifies and explores the significant milestones in the evolution of ancient India. Beginning with an enquiry into the enigma that was the Indus Valley civilisation, he writes of the progression from the Vedic Aryan culture to the age of religious and philosophical ferment, culminating in the tenets of Jainism; the founding and consolidation of Buddhism; Alexander’s advance into India; the rise of the Mauryan empire; and Ashoka’s unusual political career. In the final section of the book, he describes the -clockwork state’ of the Mauryas depicted in Kautilya’s Arthasastra and in ancient Greek accounts.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jan/2002

ISBN: 9780141004389

Length : 600 Pages

MRP : ₹599.00

Gem In The Lotus

The Seeding of Indian Civilization

Eraly Abraham

A comprehensive and compelling portrait of ancient India In Gem in the Lotus, Abraham Eraly, author of The Last Spring, the best-selling and critically acclaimed history of the Mughals, identifies and explores the significant milestones in the evolution of ancient India. Beginning with an enquiry into the enigma that was the Indus Valley civilisation, he writes of the progression from the Vedic Aryan culture to the age of religious and philosophical ferment, culminating in the tenets of Jainism; the founding and consolidation of Buddhism; Alexander’s advance into India; the rise of the Mauryan empire; and Ashoka’s unusual political career. In the final section of the book, he describes the -clockwork state’ of the Mauryas depicted in Kautilya’s Arthasastra and in ancient Greek accounts.

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Eraly Abraham

Abraham Eraly is the author of six acclaimed books on premodern Indian history, which form this set. He was born in Kerala and educated there and in Chennai. He taught Indian history in colleges in India and the United States and was the editor of a current affairs magazine for several years.

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