|“||Its the golden age of Indiaaaa. There's the Gupta Empire, not Chandragupta, just Gupta...first name Chandra..the first||”|
— Bill Wurtz, history of the entire world, i guess
Guptaball was an ancient Indian empire. His reign is known as the "Golden Age of India" by many historians. He wrote the Mahabharata
and the Kama sutra.
History[edit | edit source]
Its foundation is very obscure but all we know is that a guy named Sri Gupta founded a small principality in Magadha and was probably a vassal of Kushan Empireball. He was succeeded by his son Ghatotkacha who was in turn succeeded by Chandragupta I, the first important king of the Guptas.
Rise to power and zenith[edit | edit source]
Chandragupta I skillfully expanded his kingdom through conquest and clever diplomacy- he married a princess of the Licchavi Kingdomball, which gave him lands and influence. He was succeeded by his son Samudragupta, who expanded the kingdom substantially. He defeated many rulers and tribes of Northern India and vassalized the petty rulers of South India, including Pallava Kingdomball.
Samudragupta was succeeded by his son Chandragupta II, under whom the empire reached its maximum level of prosperity and territorial extent. Chandragupta II conquered the remnants of the Indo-Scythian Kingdomball in Gujaratball and expanded the empire to include parts of modern-day Pakistanball and Afghanistanball. Chandragupta II was succeeded by his eldest son Kumaragupta I, who maintained the empire's territory and prosperity. However, in the last years of his reign, he seems to have suffered reverses against Hephthalite Empireball and the rebellion of the Pushyamitras. He was d̶e̶p̶o̶s̶e̶d̶ succeeded by Skandagupta, the son of a concubine of Kumaragupta.
Decline[edit | edit source]
Skandagupta was the last great Gupta ruler. He revived the Gupta power by defeating the strong Pushyamitra rebellion and the Hephthalite invaders. After him, the Huna (Hephthalite) invaders broke the defenses of the empire in the north-west and devastated the important cities of the empire, sacking and looting. The Hunas were eventually defeated by a confederacy of Indian rulers led by Aulikaraball, including the weakened Guptaball. The end of the Guptas is obscure as it its rise.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
The Guptas had a lasting impact on Indian culture. They patronized the arts, construction of temples and Budhhism. Their reign saw the revival of Brahmanism as well. Many important works such as the epic of Mahabharata took their final form and the K̶a̶m̶a̶ ̶S̶u̶t̶r̶a̶ were written in this period. Chandragupta II is reputed to have legendary Navratnas (nine jewels) in his court, such as the famed poet Kalidas. The next ruler to have Navratnas would be Akbar of Mughal Dynastyball. They rose in obscurity rapidly expanding to large parts of the Indian subcontinent, and fell shrouded in mystery as well, fading away from the pages of history.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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