304 BC - 232 BC

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Ashoka (Sanskrit pronunciation: [ɐˈɕoːkɐ], IAST: Aśoka; c. 304 – 232 BCE), popularly known as Ashoka the Great, was the third Mauryan Emperor of Magadha in the Indian subcontinent during c. 268 to 232 BCE. His empire covered the largest part of the Indian subcontinent, stretching from present-day Afghanistan in the west to present-day Bangladesh in the east, with its capital at Pataliputra. A patron of Buddhism, he is credited with playing an important role in the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia. Ashoka's edicts state that during his eighth regnal year (c. 260 BCE), he conquered Kalinga after a brutal war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ashoka has received more than 15,383,389 page views. His biography is available in 152 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 126 in 2019). Ashoka is the 94th most popular politician (down from 79th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from India (down from 2nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Indian Politician.

Ashoka was an Indian emperor who ruled the Mauryan Empire from 269 BC to 232 BC. He is most famous for his conversion to Buddhism and the creation of a Buddhist empire.

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Over the past year Ashoka has had the most page views in the with 1,827,169 views, followed by Hindi (531,684), and Marathi (92,860). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Bengali (1,969.95%), Samoan (1,500.00%), and Bambara (1,359.57%)


Among politicians, Ashoka ranks 94 out of 19,576Before him are Kim Il-sung, Napoleon III, George Washington, Trajan, Hirohito, and Leonid Brezhnev. After him are Mary II of England, Philip II of Spain, Murad III, Kösem Sultan, Diocletian, and Mahmoud Abbas.

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Among people born in 304 BC, Ashoka ranks 1 Among people deceased in 232 BC, Ashoka ranks 1After him are Han Fei, and Cleanthes.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ashoka ranks 3 out of 1,861Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869), and Narendra Modi (1950). After him are Rajneesh (1931), George Orwell (1903), Amitabh Bachchan (1942), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), and Ramakrishna (1836).


Among politicians born in India, Ashoka ranks 2Before him are Narendra Modi (1950). After him are A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Shivaji (1627), Indira Gandhi (1917), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Sariputta (-568), Jahangir (1569), and Aurangzeb (1618).