Essays on Indian antiquities: historic, numismatic, and palĉographic, Volume 1

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Page 126 - VVe must not be surprised at finding, on a close examination, that the characters of all the pagan deities, male and female, melt into each other, and at last into one or two ; for it seems a well-founded opinion that the whole crowd of gods and goddesses, in ancient Rome and modern Varanes, mean only the powers of nature, and principally those of the sun, expressed in a variety of ways and by a multitude of fanciful names 8.
Page 126 - We must not be surprised,' he says, ' at finding, on a close examination, that the characters of all the Pagan deities, male and female, melt into each other and at last into one or two ; for it seems a well-founded opinion, that the whole crowd of gods and goddesses in ancient Rome, and modern Varanes [Benares] mean only the powers of nature, and principally those of the Sun, expressed in a variety of ways and by a multitude of fanciful names.
Page 323 - By him, who obtained with his own arm an undivided sovereignty on the earth for a long period...
Page 330 - IX. scale to which it has been necessary to reduce it prevents all its peculiarities from being seen. To understand it, it is necessary to bear in mind that all the pillars are of Hindu, and all the walls of Mahometan architecture. It is by no means easy to determine whether the pillars now stand as originally arranged by the Hindus, or whether they have been taken down and re-arranged by the conquerors.
Page 416 - Rama shows himself in the dark monsoon as the sun's representative. A huge painted* sun of gypsum in high relief, with gilded rays, adorns the hall of audience, and in front of it is the throne. As already mentioned, the sacred standard bears his image, as does that Scythic part of the regalia called the changi, a disc of black felt or ostrich feathers, with a plate of gold to represent the sun in its centre, borne upon a pole.
Page 181 - I soon verified the accuracy of his observation, found the same signs with slight variation constantly to recur, and extended the series of words thus authenticated to the names of twelve kings, and to six titles or epithets. It immediately struck me that if the genuine Greek names were faithfully expressed in the unknown character, a clue would through them be formed to unravel the value of a portion of the alphabet, which might in its turn be applied to the translated epithets and titles, and thus...
Page 345 - SECOND MEMOIR ON THE ANCIENT COINS FOUND AT BEGHRAM, IN THE KOHISTAN OF KABUL.
Page 411 - S&mani mint-masters; and we have numerous instances of a similar tendency among the Muhammadan races who succeeded to much of the civilization of the Bukhara empire, with the modified boundaries or altered seats of government, incident to their progress towards the richer provinces of the south. To confine myself to a single exemplification, however, I may cite the Ghaznavi (Lahor) currency, with the recumbent Bull in Tughra on the obverse, and with a Eufic legend on the reverse.
Page 157 - present in this cemetery, accept from us this eight-fold un" perishable oblation : may they convey the deceased to " pleasing and eternal abodes, and grant to us life, health, " and perfect ease. This eight-fold oblation is offered to " SIVA and other deities : salutation unto them.
Page 327 - VIGRAHA, sovereign of the earth, be fixed, as in reason it ought, in the bosoms (akin to the mansion of dalliance) of the women with beautiful eyebrows, who were married to thy enemies.

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