Template:Maurya Empire infobox
The Maurya Empire at its largest extent under Ashoka the Great.
|Imperial Symbol: |
The Lion Capital of Ashoka
|Preceding State(s)||Nanda Dynasty of Magadha |
|Head of State||Samraat (Emperor)|
|First Emperor||Chandragupta Maurya|
|Government||Centralized Absolute Monarchy with Divine Right of Kings as described in the Arthashastra|
|Administration||Inner Council of Ministers (Mantriparishad) under a Mahamantri with a larger assembly of ministers (Mantrinomantriparisadamca).|
Extensive network of officials from treasurers (Sannidhatas) to collectors (Samahartas) and clerks (Karmikas).
Provincial administration under regional viceroys (Kumara or Aryaputra) with their own Mantriparishads and supervisory officials (Mahamattas).
Provinces divided into districts run by lower officials and similar stratification down to individual villages run by headmen and supervised by Imperial officials (Gopas).
|Area||5 million km² (Southern Asia and parts of Central Asia)|
|Population||50 million  (one third of the world population )|
|Currency||Silver Ingots (Panas)|
|Dissolution||Military coup by Pusyamitra Sunga|
|Succeeding state||Sunga Empire|
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