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 (ə-sō′kə, -shō′-) Known as "the Great." Died 232 bc.
King of Magadha (273-232) who united most of the Indian subcontinent under one rule and was converted to Buddhism, establishing it as the state religion.
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(əˈsəʊkə; əˈʃəʊ-)
(Biography) died 232 bc, Indian emperor (?273–232 bc), who elevated Buddhism to the official state religion
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(əˈsoʊ kə)

died 232 B.C., Buddhist king in India 269?–232? B.C.
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