Mauryan Empire


Chandragupta claims throne

321 BC

Chandragupta gathered an army, killed the unpopular Nanda king, and in about 321 B.C. claimed the throne. This began the Mauryan Empire.

Mauryan Empire grows

303 BC

In 303 B.C., the Mauryan Empire stretched more than 2,000

Chandragupta's,s grandson claims the throne

301 BC

In 301 B.C., Chandragupta’s son assumed the throne. He ruled for 32 years. Then Chandragupta’s grandson, Asoka

Asoka becomes king

269 BC

Asoka dies

232 BC

Such actions demonstrated Asoka’s concern for his subjects’ well-being. Noble as his policies of toleration and nonviolence were, they failed to hold the empire together after Asoka died in 232 B.C.

For 500 years, northern India had to absorb a flood of new people

185 BC

At the same time, northern India had to absorb a flood of new people fleeing political instability in other parts of Asia. For 500 years, beginning about 185 B.C., wave after wave of Greeks, Persians, and Central Asians poured into northern India.

Chandra Gupta I took the title "Great King of Kings"

320 AD

The first Gupta emperor came to power not through battle but by marrying a daughter of an influential royal family. After his marriage, Chandra Gupta I took the title “Great King of Kings” in A.D. 320.

Samudra Gupta becomes King

335 AD

Samudra Gupta

Chandra Gupta II rules the Mauryan Empire

375 AD - 415 AD

Chandra Gupta II also strengthened his empire through peaceful means by negotiating diplomatic and marriage alliances. He ruled from A.D. 375 to 415.

The Mauryan Empire falls

535 AD

Over the next 100 years, the Gupta Empire broke into small king- doms. Many were overrun by the Hunas or other Central Asian nomads. The Empire ended about 535.

Timur and Lame destroyed Delhi


Between the 13th and 16th centuries, 33 different sultans ruled

Cosimo de Medici rules the government

1434 - 1464

Cosimo de Medici was the wealthiest European of his time. In 1434, he won control of Florence’s government.

Leonardo da Vinci becomes a great example of renaissance man.

1452 - 1519

Leonardo da Vinci is born in 1452 and dies in 1519. He is famous for many things, and creates many inventions. He died in 1519.

Turks conquer Constantinople


Christian scholars in Constantinople fled to Rome with Greek manuscripts when the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453.

Donatello's statue is created

1466 - 1469

Donatello’s statue was created in the late 1460s. It was the first European sculpture of a large, free-standing nude since ancient times.

Lorenzodo Medici comes to power


Cosimo de Medici died in 1464, but his family continued to control Florence. His grandson, Lorenzo de Medici, came to power in 1469.

Michelangelo becomes Renaissance man

1475 - 1564

Like Leonardo, Michelangelo was a Renaissance man.
He excelled as a painter, sculptor, architect, and poet.

Babur inherited a kingdom


Babur won the war against delhi


In 1526, for example, he led 12,000 troops to

Castiglione wrote a book


Baldassare Castiglione wrote a book to teach people how to be such a person.

Akbar rules india

1556 - 1605

Babur’s grandson was called Akbar, which means “Great.” Akbar certainly lived up to his name, ruling India with wisdom and tolerance from 1556 to 1605.

Mumtas Mahal dies


In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died at age 39 while giving birth to her 14th child.

Shah becomes ill


When Shah Jahan became ill in 1657, his four sons scrambled for the throne.

Aurangzeb rules

1658 - 1707

Aurangzeb ruled from 1658 through 1707.