Is Asoka a ruthless conqueror or is he a knowledgeable ruler? Asoka is one of the most acknowledged rulers of the Mauryan Empire. He ruled most of India over 2,000 years ago. Although he may be the greatest ruler of the Mauryan Empire, Asoka is still a merciless emperor because he has done many remorseful things that shall not be forgiven such as exterminating thousands of people and he has also conquered many lands to enhance his kingdom.
Rock Edict VI says, Medicinal herbs whether useful to man or to beast, have been brought and planted wherever they did not grow”( Document D). Ashoka new that some places in India did not have proper land to be growing medicine, he does not want India to become weak because they people are sick and they don’t have any medicine, or want them to starve because the animals got sick and died. Ashoka is becoming a friendly empire. The article says,”Devoted himself to the spread of Buddha’s teachings, to righteousness and goodwill, and to public works for the good of the people”(Document F). Ashoka could have just been the kind of ruler who orders everyone around and does not care about his people, but he wanted them to be happy. Ashoka set on a path to be a different ruler, one who tried to make an enlightened life for his people. Ashoka was becoming a friendly
Alexander the Great was the son of Phillip II who was assassinated after conquering the Greeks. Alexander became king at the age of 20 and right away began to expand. He began by crushing a Greek revolt in Thebes and gained the respect from the rest of the Greeks not to rebel. He then set off and conquered Egypt, the Persian Empire, and won a hard battle against India before his troops forced him to return home. Alexander then died at the age of 32. Most people see Alexander as Great because he conquered a lot of land, built a massive empire, and was a military genius, but Alexander was not so great. Alexander the Great did not deserve his title as Great because he gained his power by fear, killed innocent
Throughout history, many impactful and memorable empires have arisen. Each empire has its own defining traits that lead to its success or demise. Some empires are very similar, while some posses many different traits. And although some can possess the same quality, their implication and utilization of that quality can create many gaps in the empire’s overall similarity to the other. Two powerful and historically important empires are the Ottoman empire, and the Mughal empire. The two empires share many traits, but they also differ in many ways. However, although similar, the Ottoman empire and Mughal empire are fundamentally different because of their view on religious tolerance, utilization of military successes, and women’s rights.
In Ancient India, the people named their flag after Asoka. He did great things for the Mauryan Empire that gave a good ending, but were the means of the ending just? Asoka ruled Ancient India and changed the history of it doing good and bad things for himself but for his empire. Was it being Ruthless or Enlightened? His responsibility for many deaths, his wanting of unfair wars, the unjust laws all clearly imply that Asoka is a Ruthless Conqueror.
I don’t think that Alexander was a great king. He did far too much bad. He has killed thousands of people. Burned their temples, and treated people very badly. He went to conquer many place and took over when they didn’t want him there at all. Everyone liked what they had and didn’t want him to come in and ruin it for all of them.
The West was a blank slate: a new land with uncharted areas with unfamiliar scenery, animals, and inhabitants, as well as different weather patterns. The West was an entire new place to view. It could be settled about in so many different avenues. It was up to the individuals in the East and South to move west and make it a place of success. Additionally, a whole new way of thinking was born into the region. In the excerpt from the A Plea for the West, written by Lyman Beecher, the author argued that the West had much importance to start out on the right foot and become a place that is respectable and stable. There are no churches, schools, homes, or anything that the East and the South already boasted during that time period. Beecher even
When describing Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama said in one of his speeches, “I think he’s a hero for the world. And if and when he passes from this place, one thing I think we’ll all know is that his legacy is one that will linger on throughout the ages.” Mandela, at the time, was South Africa’s first elected president and a racial rights activist who was greatly admired. Obama’s description in his speech sounds almost exactly like that of Beowulf, a hero of the great epic of the same name. He was known for his legacies that had been heard across Scandinavia during the Anglo-Saxon period and around the world to this day, similarly to Mandela. Although Mandela and Beowulf’s heroisms and ideologies were culturally different, their leadership and bravery are what makes them almost indistinguishable.
There has been many great leaders in our history, but the one that outshone everybody was Alexander the Great. His father was King Phillip and his mother was Olympias. To this day he has had the largest empire in the world and was a successful ruler. So the real question here is how great was Alexander the Great? During his lifetime people would question if Alexander if he showed enough leadership, courage, and intelligence to be called great.
After Ashoka destroyed Kalinga Ashoka felt a feeling and so he went seeking for a teacher.To help him and while serching he see a buddhist a monk to the monk told him to sit under the bodi tree and then Ashoka did and had enlightment and then became a buddha.When he returned he had changed
During the late 17th and 18th centuries, Europe was going through a cultural and intellectual change and movement, known as the Enlightenment. During this time, writers, philosophers, and politicians heavily defended newer and modern ways of thinking. These ideas and people would eventually set the standards for today’s world and way of thought.
The Enlightenment philosophers, why are they so famous for their thoughts, writings? The Enlightenment philosophers, wrote about everything life. Nothing really interesting. The Enlightenment philosophers wasn’t really that revolutionary.
Enlightenment in the 1700s was a pivotal event in history that lead to the transformation of thought processes. Many people contend that the Age of Enlightenment led to the betterment of society as it went from being permissive of superstitions, a God that is present, and an unquestionable rule to people who wanted to question, think, and speak for themselves. On the other hand, others profess that the Age of Enlightenment led to an unintentional dismissal of monotheism, the questioning of authority, and a rebellious nature of society. So, how influential were the ideas of the Enlightenment?
Everyone suffers. This simple fact of life has plagued humans for centuries, perplexing the wisest thinkers down to the most common among us. It demands an explanation, and history has granted us many - often in the form of religion. Buddhism revolves around the concept of suffering, attempting to explain its origin and how to break free of it. It teaches that no matter how righteous a person acts, they will always suffer until they fully achieve enlightenment.
The founder of the Buddhist, Siddhartha Gautama influences so many individuals with his doctrine. Many disciples came from all parts of the Ganges valley and became a community of monks who owned yellow robes and their begging bowls. Throughout northern India, the Buddha wanted to bring spiritual enlightenment to others as well as personal salvation. This meant an escape from the cycle of incarnation. “Early popularity of Buddhism was the organization of the Buddhist movement. From the days of the Buddha himself, the most enthusiastic and highly motivated converts joined monastic communities where they dedicated their lives to search for enlightenment and preaching Buddhist dharma to lay audiences.”(pg.126) The Mauryan dynasty reinforces the Buddhist movement. Ashoka found Buddhism as belief that could grant unity to his culturally various and far-flung realm.