From 321 B.C to A.D. 540
Chandragupta and his ancestors fought for much of the Deccan to the empire.
When northern India was often a battleground where rajahs fought for control over the rich Ganges valley, Chandragupta, a young adventurer, forged the first empire.
Asoka became emperor at 268 B.C and fought a long, bloody war to gain control over the Deccan region of Kalinga.
During this time, the unity of the first Indian Dynasty was shattered, as rival princes again battled for power across the Gangetic Plain.
This dynasty brought a golden age to India.
500 years after the Maurya dynasty ended, the Guptas dynasty began. With this, India's Golden Age, or a period of great cultural achievement started.