Asok A Long Time, People Thought King Asoka Essay

1415 Words Nov 20th, 2016 6 Pages
For a long time, people thought King Asoka to be nothing more than a myth. With several writings concerning him, each relayed too fantastical an image to be convincing as truthful, keeping him in a legendary status. This all changed in 1837, well over a thousand years after his death, when a scholar James Prinsep managed to translate writings on a stone pillar in Delhi. After several other scholars raced to translate similar writings all over the Indian landscape, it became known that this King Piyadasi was the same as King Asoka. Even with his history pieced together, Asoka’s history is still legendary. He started as a lowly person shunned by his own father and grew to be a ruler of a kingdom that had never seen complete unity. But indeed, despite the face of compassion he attempted to convey to the Indian people, and despite the reforms he made to various sectors of his kingdom, it is clear Asoka only used Buddhism as a tool to unite the people and, more importantly, keep them under his control. Asoka was said to have been awkward and clumsy as a young person and disliked by his father, the King. Despite this, the King grew impressed by Asoka’s administrative prowess and appointed him in a regal position in Taxalia. A revolt began growing amidst the lower classes in Taxalia during Asoka’s position in the area, the people strongly objecting to the subjugation they received from the new officials and viewing the centralization of the Mauryan dynasty as a direct blow to…

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