Ancient Indian History: Theory With Chapterwise Practice MCQs

Ancient Indian History: Theory With Chapterwise Practice MCQs. Generally, Ancient History of India is divided into three periods – Palaeolithic period (pre-historic period); Mesolithic period (Prime historic period) and Neolithic period. The three stone ages (old, middle and new) are known as pre- historic period and there is no written evidence found for the study of that period. Though with the help of different sources we are able to study it in a chronological order. These sources include coins, monuments, old weapons, toys and ornaments, etc.

The systematic study of ancient buildings, monuments and work of art present evidences and knowledge about the ancient world. The Coins, Inscriptions, Monuments and Material from excavations are the great sources through which we study about the old civilization and culture of ancient time.

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Ancient Indian History

Before the arrival of Alexander, some Greek authors like Herodotus, Ktesia, Hiketious and Skylaix wrote some scripts of information about India. With the expedition of Alexander the great some men of letters came to India and took interest in Indian philosophy and culture. Among them Aristobulous, Aunesicritous and Neorkous are very famous. Megasthenes, the ambassador of Seleukos Nikator to Chandragupta Maurya, wrote a highly valuable account of India, in his book ‘INDICA’. This book was translated by Maicrindal.

For the study of ancient history in a good chronological order we need to divide the different sources into three broad divisions;

(1) Literary sources

(2) Archaeological sources

(3) Accounts of foreign travellers and writers.

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Ancient Indian History: Theory With Chapter-wise Practice MCQs


1. Sources of Ancient Indian History

2. Pre-historic Period

3.  Indus Valley Civilization

Introduction; Discovery; Geographical Extent; Nomenclature; Centres; Controversial Period

Features; Link with other Civilizations; Decline; Survival and Continuity

4. The Vedic Age

Introduction; Coming of The Aryans; Various; Theories regarding the ancestry of Aryans;

Original Home of the Aryans; Important Vedic Fact; Advent and Expansion of Aryans in India;

Vedic Rivers; Early Vedic Age; Later Vedic Age

5.  Emergence of Mahajanapadas & Magadha   

Introduction; Origin and Development; Causes of New Culture and Religion; Different Mahajanapadas; Emergence of Magadha

6. Religious Revolution

7. The Mauryan Empire

 Introduction; Chandragupta Maurya; Bindusara; Ashoka; Mauryan Administration; Mauryan Art and Architect; Aftermath of Maurya

8. The Sangam Age

 Introduction; The Cholas; The Pandayas; The Cheras; Sangam Literature & Polity; Law and justice; Social life; Economy; Religion; Art and Architecture

9.  The Gupta Empire

Chandragupta I; Samudragupta; Chandragupta II; Kumaragupta I; Maheraditya; Skandagupta; Vikramaditya; Revenue and Trade; Administration: Art and Architecture; Literature; Science  and Technology; Post-Gupta Age

10. India after Harsha

Introduction; Gurjara-Pratiharas; Palas; The Rajputs; Growth of Regional Languages; Muslim Invasion of Sindh

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Book NameAncient Indian History: Theory With Chapterwise Practice MCQs
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