Discuss the notions of kingship that developed in the post-Mauryan period.

There were several notions of Kingship in different ruling dynasties:

  1. Kushana Kings: These kings used to address themselves as Devputra and claimed godly status. Some of these kings built great statues of them in the temples.
  2. Gupta Rulers: In the Gupta dynasty the power and status of the Samantas was significant and on several occasions they were capable enough to usurp the King.

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