Ashoka the Great and Kublai Khan: theories of kingship

The reigns of Ashoka the Great of the Mauryan Empire of India (268-232 BC), and Kublai Khan of the Mongol Yuan dynasty of China (1271-1294 AD) were separated by almost 1500 years. Despite the distance of Time and Space there was one fundamental idea that united their Empires: that is Kublai Khan’s adoption of the the ancient Indian philosophy of Kingship, or, the qualities of an ideal King, which had been mastered by Ashoka.