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Ashoka the Great

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When Buddhism first emerges in what may be termed the light of history, it is as an established system highly favoured by the great king Asoka, about 250 B.C. It is made clear by his edicts that only a small number of scriptures, whose titles are only partially identifiable with known extant writings, were then recognised as preserving the spoken discourses of the Buddha.
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John Mackinnon Robertson, in Pagan Christs : Studies in Comparative Hierology (1903), p. 257

 
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