Sec1Ch5 - GoldenAge Akingdomisstrongandwealthy...

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Golden Age A kingdom is strong and wealthy Has a powerful army Achievements in areas such as the arts and  sciences
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Gupta Dynasty Gupta Dynasty  : India’s Golden Age or Classical Age of India rulers This Golden Age of India reached its height during the rule of  Chandragupta II Gupta Dynasty Gupta Dynasty  : Many poets and writers produced literary  works in  Sanskrit Sanskrit   LANGUAGE OF THE UPPER CLASSES Kalidasa Kalidasa  : Well-known poet & Dramatist; “Shakespeare of  India” Kalidasa Kalidasa  said to have lived at Chandragupta’s court; wrote  poems and plays for the king
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Kalidasa Kalidasa  : Most famous play –  Shakuntala Shakuntala  – a story about a  young woman who married a king, was separated from him by a  curse but was reunited with him several years later Indian writers also famous for their fairy tales and fables Panchatantra Panchatantra  : a collection of animal stories Shakuntala Shakuntala  and  Panchatantra Panchatantra  reached Europe and translated  into many languages They are still read with much interest today
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Temples were built and decorated with excellent sculpture and  paintings Buddhists sculptors also cut temples into rock walls Best-known cave temples :  At Ajanta in the state state of Maharashtra in south-central India Beautiful paintings and sculpture in bright colours showing scenes  from the life of Buddha Gupta craftsmen also used metal such as copper, bronze and  iron to create sculpture Eg the seven-metre high iron pillar in Delhi built over 1,500  years ago. Till today, it has not yet rusted.
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“The Indians also made great contributions to the world in the area of mathematics. One area of contribution was in the development of number symbols. We would not know the symbol zero if not for the Indians.” Right?  WRONG! WRONG!
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The Straits Times, 13 Jun 2002 … the universal system using the  numbers one to nine – known as  the Hindu-Arabic system – had  its roots in the rod bundles used  in China from as early as 475 BC
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This goes to show that history is never dead…stagnant What was thought to be quite true is not because new evidence  has surfaced Dr Lam Lay Yong Dr Lam Lay Yong , a Singapore mathematician, had proven  historians wrong Dr Lam wrote the book Fleeting Footsteps on how the Hindu- Arabic numeral system had its origins in the Chinese rod system Our textbook also mentions that Gupta mathematicians were  also the first to invent the decimal system. We are unable to  dispute this at this point in time. So we will take this as true.
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