When Maurya met Alexander the Great

Chandragupta Maurya (340BCE-297BCE) was the founder of the legendary Maurya empire, a predecessor of India. As a young man Maurya had the priviledge to meet Alexander the Great, who himself created one of the largest empires the World had ever seen.

After Alexander died, his empire quickly fell apart into smaller states. Maurya then attacked and conquered some of these states and added them into one Maurya empire. At its peak it was home to 50 million people and covered the area of Modern day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, parts of Iran and other countries.

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