Describe the Military system of the Maurya Empire

The Military system of the Maurya Empire: The internal and external security of the vast and varied lands of the Maurya Empire required a huge, powerful and effective army. Megasthenes in his description has mentioned a committee and six subcommittees to coordinate the entire army system.

(i) The first committee looked after the navy.

(ii) The work of the other was supply and transport and there were other arrangements including bullock carts, logistical and animal supplies, soldiers’ servants, weapon-craftsmen.

(iii) The infantry and cavalry came under the third and fourth committees.

(iv) The last two committees included chariot riders and elephant riders.

(v) It is a model of a hierarchical structure.

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