India in the first century BCE, with the arrival of the nomadic Aryans, was a cultural and religious maelstrom. This is the millennium which saw the beginnings not only of Hinduism but also Buddhism and the foundations of the richly diverse Indian culture that we see today. I will take you through this early period focussing on the religious ascetic and cultural influences which have made Indian society so unique. I will finish my talk with the reign of Asoka (268-232 BCE), possibly one of the world's greatest but most enigmatic emperors.
- Duration: 45 mins
- Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
- Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Meet The Speaker, Neil
Neil Meldrum has been a lawyer for 40 years. Now retired, Neil has the opportunity of indulging his fascination in all things to do with ancient history and the cultural evolution of mankind. Although an amateur, these are compelling subjects which have been undergoing considerable re-appraisal in recent years. Neil's talks range from the development and the cultural evolution of early man to the Maya and Aztecs of Ancient Mexico and the Incas of Peru, areas that he has visited extensively. More recently he has been focusing on early culture in Ancient China, India, Egypt and Mesopotamia and in particular looking at early religions in these regions.
Preparing for the Event
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