The Mauryan Empire

 The Mauryan Empire was an ancient Indian empire that existed from 322 BCE to 185 BCE. It was founded by Chandragupta Maurya and was one of the largest empires of ancient India, spanning from present-day Pakistan and parts of Afghanistan in the west, to Bengal and Assam in the east, and as far south as the Deccan Plateau. The empire was ruled by the Maurya dynasty and was known for its administrative efficiency and strong central government. The Mauryan Empire is also notable for the reign of Ashoka the Great, who converted to Buddhism and promoted religious tolerance and non-violence. The empire declined and fell after Ashoka's death.