The Golden Age of Ancient India
- The Gupta Empire
The Gupta Empire existed at the same time as the Roman Empire.
While we cannot say for sure, the two probably knew of each
other. The Gupta Empire covered about two thirds of modern India
and parts of modern day Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The
Gupta empire lasted from about 320
CE to about 500 CE. It dominated northern India.
People were for the most part safe and
prosperous during the Gupta period. It is called the "Golden Age"
of ancient India because of that peace and prosperity. The
people had religious freedom. The empire provided simple health care
for free. Writers, artists and musicians were paid to produce
their art. Most people were not educated, but the higher castes
were and in fact the universities of Gupta were so famous that
scholars from China came there to learn.
The Gupta Empire
provided each village a military squad to protect them. The
squads, which were supported by the village, were also part of the royal
army. During times of war, the local squads all drew together to
make up the royal army. A typical squad consisted of an
elephant, a horse drawn chariot, three calvary men and five foot