What is meant by the Pan-India Character during the Mauryan Empire at the time of Chandagupta Maurya ?

  • Can't tell you what is meant unless you provide a citation/reference. Where is this term mentioned. – Mark C. Wallace Apr 27 '17 at 16:01
  • It is in this line "Pan-India Character: The Mauryan was a vast with all-India character." – user125110 Apr 27 '17 at 16:07

The Mauryan Empire, if we look at this map, covered a large region:

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and the word pan- can be defined as:'"all, every, whole, all-inclusive'

so, Pan-India is indicating the fact that this empire literally covered all of the Indian region:

The Maurya Empire was one of the largest empires of the world in its time. At its greatest extent, the empire stretched to the north along the natural boundaries of the Himalayas, to the east into Assam, to the west into Balochistan (south west Pakistan and south east Iran) and the Hindu Kush mountains of what is now Afghanistan.[7] The Empire was expanded into India's central and southern regions[8][9] by the emperors Chandragupta and Bindusara

The 'Character' aspect of the phrase may again relate to the definition, the 'all-inclusive' part. Again from the Wiki :

Mauryan India also enjoyed an era of social harmony, religious transformation, and expansion of the sciences and of knowledge. Chandragupta Maurya's embrace of Jainism increased social and religious renewal and reform across his society...

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  • Actually, it's a little subtler than that. An empire with pan-Indian character would have a culture and characteristics drawn from all the regions of India. It isn't an empire whose ruling class are all from one region and thus rule in a manner characteristic of that region. – John Dallman Apr 27 '17 at 20:47
  • Noted. Added some on the social aspect, the original question didn't really give enough context to me for a good determination of intent, however. – justCal Apr 27 '17 at 21:00

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