Great Ruler Ashoka Maurya

The purpose of this essay is to compare the ancient ruler of Constantine the Great and Ashoka Maurya.They we're two of the most influential people in history. Constantine the Great whose Latin name is Flavius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus was an ancient king who reigned over the Roman Empire from 306 to 337 AD. Constantine was born on the 27th February 272 AD, and he was also known as Saint Constantine the Great in the Orthodox Church. His father was Flavius Valerius Constantius an army field marshal and his mother, Helena.Conversely, another Great ruler Ashoka Maurya, who was an Indian emperor, was born in 304 BCE in Pataliputra, Patna. His name Ashoka is derived from the word Hindu Asoka, which means something without sorrow and painless.Both rulers played significant roles in their kingdoms during their reign that aided in shaping how the empires turned out.Their impacts in their respective realms were mostly in the field of political affairs, social life, religion, battle, finance, and history (Potter D, 2015).

Comparing how the two leaders lead their empires begins with how Constantine, who was mainly situated in the Roman Empire, played an important role in bringing prominence in the Christian Religion in the Roman Empire although he did not introduce the religion himself. He was however converted and introduced into the religion when he got into power. Likewise, Ashoka was also turned the same way as Constantine into Buddhism and because of this he made the religion flourish in the empire. Therefore because of his power as the emperor he made sure to give the necessary requirements and support to Buddhism for it to progress. Furthermore, both rulers went on a similar path when they formed councils to support the two religions further in their respective empires. Constantine created the Council of Nicea in 325 whereas Ashoka established a similar council in his emperor to promote their religions in the empires.

Another significant aspect that shaped the rule of the two leaders was a war that emerged in the empires. To start with Constantine true belief in God was majorly displayed when the war that occurred nearly cost him his kingdom when he trusted some information that was misleading making that huge mistake. Conversely, Ashoka rose to power through his tyranny rulemaking him be crowned emperor.Nonetheless, both leaders displayed some similar traits in their rule as they were both cruel rulers as they did not show any signs of mercy, pain or sorrow in their reign.For instance, Constantine shows his brutal leadership that is based on violence when he executed his wife Fausta, and Son Crispus. On the other hand, Ashoka had no remorse when he was killing many of his family members as he rose to be the emperor. However, despite their cruel leadership, both leaders were intelligent regarding the judgment of the economy of their kingdoms and both of their personalities was spectacular making their kingdoms flourish and prosper although it lasted until their demise. Through their intelligence and personality, Constantine was able to reunify Rome that was previously rambling whereas Ashoka was able to bring India together even though it was conquered after he died.Another factor that influenced the rule of the two leaders were the women that were in their kingdoms. For instance, Ashoka was manipulated by an empress who originated from Vidisa, who introduced him to Buddhism that led to his conversion (Allen C. , 2013). Conversely Constantine was closely monitored by his mother through his reign in the Roman Empire.

The study of the Greek and Indian empires can offer a great lesson to individuals who learn about the two kingdoms as they were governed by the two great leaders. First, religion was viewed as a key component in the kingdoms and a significant moral stance in the society. Religion enhanced unity in the two kingdoms, and it further nurtured peace in the both the Greek and Indian Empires.Even when the kingdoms were heading to war, they used religion to push the agendas of the clashes and conquering the lands. The cultures in the two kingdoms emerged further when the two leaders Ashoka and Constantine ascended into power. When Constantine and Ashoka converted into the new religious beliefs, the various authorities that were under their rule had also to turn.The situation of the authorities converting can be displayed when the leaders formed the religious councils to be part of the governing organizations of the society. Furthermore, there was tremendous growth in culture in the two kingdoms when peace prevailed. The two leaders also employed tyranny when they ruled over the empires as the criminals, individuals who betrayed them, and enemies were executed as the rulers both believed for peace to triumph all the enemies should be killed.

From the study of the two leaders above and their style of leadership so many things can be applied to modern and contemporary business environments. The first being is taking a stance in different matters. Both Constantine and Ashoka believed they could change the society, and they took a stance in achieving what they thought would work regardless of whether the direction they took was not appropriate to the society. In the contemporary business society, many leaders are too afraid to take such steps. Since the two leaders also had the same form of leadership they can be classified as authoritative leaders.

To conclude when both empires fell after the death of Constantine and Ashoka provides a valuable lesson that should be emulated by the contemporary leaders.Leadership should be a transferable process to ensure the society continues to progress. From the essay, the success of both the Roman and Indian Empire would have been constant if the principles of the two rulers would have been transferred to their successors.


Allen, C. (2013). Ashoka : the search for India's lost emperor. London : Abacus.

Potter D, S. (2015). Constantine the Emperor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.