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The current infobox image is more or less OR. It would be ideal to use photographs (likethese) from the Kanaganahalli stupa excavation that actually represent Ashoka. If anyone knows how to get their hands on a non-copyvio version of these photos, please upload them to Commons and add it to this article. Thanks.--—Cpt.a.haddock (talk) (please ping when replying) 10:45, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
Hopefully someone can get a proper image from Kanaganahalli sometime... Great idea! In the meantime, there are a few depictions of Ashoka at Sanchi, which, dated to the Satavahana period, are only removed 2-3 centuries from the historical Ashoka. One of them shows Ashoka with two of his wives after he saw the poor state of preservation of the Pipal tree. Another shows Ashoka visiting the stupa of Ramagrama in his war charriot. I have added the stories and references on the image information at Commons.पाटलिपुत्र (talk) 12:48, 19 August 2017 (UTC)
@Cpt.a.haddock: Interestingly, that's the opposite of the critique my old map had received (a while ago - don't have the exact link handy). Apparently, some editor(s) thought it was too much on the side of synthesis or OR, and said a direct copy of the Kulke & Rothermund map would have been preferable... so I thought I'd just go ahead and do that. But I don't really have a strong preference for one or the other, though. If we're going with the old map, might want to shorten the references on its info page to just the ones you posted. Avantiputra7 (talk) 10:03, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
@Avantiputra7: My bad and my apologies. Based on your edit summaries and the file description, I was under the impression that you were basing the second map on the descriptions/hypotheses of K&R and Stein rather than an actual map. I'm still divided on this though. KANS sides with your old map. Charles Allen (not really RS) does too. I can't confirm Thapar or Lahiri, but based on a Google Books search, they might only provide the usual map marking the edicts and pillars. Let's hear what others have to say on this. Thanks.—Cpt.a.haddock (talk) (please ping when replying) 10:53, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
"Chandragupta founded the Mauryan Empire. His empire encompassed the whole of northern India and Afghanistan." -- Alfred S. Bradford, Pamela M. Bradford (2001). With Arrow, Sword, and Spear: A History of Warfare in the Ancient World. Praeger. p. 125
"The vastness of the Mauryan empire, from Afghanistan in the north to Karnataka in the south and from Kathiawad in the west to Kalinga in the east (if not as far as north Bengal), is considered on the basis of the spots where Asoka's edicts were (...)" -- Bharati Ray, ed. Different Types of History: Project of History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization (Vol. XIV, part 4). Pearson Longman. p. 24
"The Maurya Empire extended from Afghanistan in the north to the deep south in India except for the southern tip of (...)" -- Stanton, Andrea L., ed. (2012) Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia p. 41
"By 300, Chandragupta ruled over an India that extended from modern Afghanistan to Burma and from the Himalayas to nearly the southern tip of the subcontinent." -- David W. Del Testa, ed. (2014) Government Leaders, Military Rulers and Political Activists p. 30
"It has been already shown (Ch. II) that the empire of Candragupta extended from Afghanistan to Mysore and that of Ashoka was far greater in extent including all the Dekhan and South India upto the frontiers of the Tamil Kingdoms." -- V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (1993) Motilal Banarsidass Publ., The Mauryan Polity. p. 197
"He [Ashoka] controlled an empire (the largest until British rule) that ranged from Bangladesh in the east to Afghanistan in the north and included much of the southern part of the subcontinent." -- Denise Patry Leidy (2008) The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History & Meaning p. 9
Saul, David (2009). The Mauryan Empire. In Sturgeon, Alison, ed. War: From Ancient Egypt to Iraq. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN9781405341332) pp. 54-55. (basically confirms the story mentioned by sources listed above).