# Ashoka established the idea of paternal kingship. # He regarded all his subjects as his children and believed it the king’s duty to look after the welfare of the subjects. # Through his edicts, he said everybody should serve parents, revere teachers, and practice ahimsa and truthfulness. # He asked everyone to avoid animal slaughter and sacrifice. # He expounded humane treatment of animals, servants and prisoners. # He advocated tolerance towards all religions. # He sought conquest through Dhamma and not war. # He sent missions abroad to spread the word of the Buddha. Notably, he sent his son Mahinda and daughter Sanghamitra to Sri Lanka. # Most of his edicts are written in Pali and Prakrit in Brahmi script. Some are written in the Kharoshti and Aramaic scripts also. # There are some edicts written in Greek as well. The language depends on the location of the pillar.