I'm reading Susan Wise Bauer's History of the Ancient World right now...I'm looking forward to brushing up on early Asian history. Also, this is mesmerizing.
Smellvin Ashoka united India and made it the largest entity at the time. He also then proceeded to put up a bunch of monuments explaining how horrible a person he was for killing so many people; he was a Buddhist. Weirdest conqueror ever.
oddeye Plus he kinda looks like a middle-aged woman in Civ 4.
Camonk oddeye's fact is the most relevant. You're much more likely to play Civ IV than interact with anything else about Ashoka, sorry to say.