The time of the Gupta Empire is considered a golden age in that it flourished in countless ways due to its advancements in art and mathematics. In this time period they were able to establish the decimal system of numbers based on ten. This number system is significant to society and it is still used today. Indian mathematicians were also able to create a simple system of writing numbers and developed the concept of zero. These basic advancements helped launch new ideas and allowed them to broaden their horizons on different aspects of life. It greatly influenced their culture as well as those who came in contact with it. Buddhist artist painted rich and magnificent murals recalling Buddhist stories and legends. Buddhist also created stupas, large dome shaped shrines that housed the sacred remains of the Buddha. These cultural advancements helped shape modern society and allowed the Gupta Empire to rise gradually and experience the golden age. The Gupta Empire’s high standard of living promoted prosperity and affluence. The people in their civilization lived with very few restrictions and taxes. Only those who till the royal lands must return a portion of the profit as tax. The people of the Gupta Empire had more freedom than other civilizations; Gupta rule was much looser than other rulers. This provided people with more independence and saved the community money. Trade and farming flourished in the Gupta Empire. They were able to trade cotton cloth, pottery and metal ware for export to East Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The Gupta Empire had a wide impact on the world and enjoyed a period of great cultural achievements.
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