Synopsis by Alice Day
Details about the gigantic army amassed by the Maurya are presented in Ancient Tribes: The Maurya. For almost 200 years, the Maurya, led by Chandragupta Maurya, maintained control of northern India until their overthrow by the Shunga dynasty. During the Mauryan rule, many improvements were made to the region, including a system of roads and the introduction of money. Trading became profitable, and the state oversaw taxation, famine relief, and the maintaining of an army of half-a-million foot soldiers, 30,000 cavalry, and almost 10,000 elephants.