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Empire in India based in Magadha. Established in 185 BC when the commander in chief of the Maurya forces assassinated the last Mauryan emperor and then claimed the throne for himself. The leadership reverted to Hinduism at this time and corresponded with a decline in Buddhism in India. Lasted until 75 BC, when the last emperor, who was said to be overfond of women, was assassinated by his minister, who went on to found the Kanva Dynasty.

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