What are some of the most famous sources that helped in the reconstruction of Mauryan history? Mention the name of famous texts.

Several inscriptions and books tell about the history of the Mauryans:

  1. The sculptures excavated from various places provide deep insights into the Mauryan rule.
  2. The written accounts of Megasthenes who served as the ambassador in the court of Chandragupta Maurya provides insights into the political and social life of the people.
  3. One of the most important sources of information was ‘Arthashastra’, written by Chanakya.
  4. Buddhist, Jainas and Puranic literature provides a lot of critical information about the Mauryans.
  5. The inscriptions of the Ashoka on the rock edicts and pillars are the most valuable sources for Mauryan history.

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