The syllabus consists of six themes on The Ancient World - (i) The River Valley Civilizations, (ii) The Vedic Civilization, (iii) Mahavira & Buddha - Great Preachers, (iv) Rise of Kingdoms & Republicans, (v) The Mauryan Empire, and (vi) The Golden Age - Gupta Empire.
'Civilization' - meaning
Reasons for settlement near rivers.
Aryans in the Sapta Sindhu & Gangetic valley
‘Vedas’ and ‘Vedic’ - meaning
The four Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas
Epics Ramayana & Mahabharata
Brahmavarta (Early Vedic age)
Aryavarta (Later Vedic age)
Social conditions for rise of Jainism and Buddhism.
A comparative study between Jainism and Buddhism
Introduction to terms - Janapadas & Mahajanapadas.
Mighty Kingdom of Magadha:
Sources: Indica & Arthashastra
Ashoka (Ascend to throne, extent of kingdom, Kalinga War, Welfare state)
Ashoka’s Dhamma & Edicts.
Mauryan Art and Economy
Sources: The history of the Gupta Empire
Rulers of the Gupta Empire:
The Golden Age: