Indian Epigraphy: A Guide to the Study of Inscriptions in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and the Other Indo-Aryan Languages

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Oxford University Press, USA, Dec 10, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 378 pages
This book provides a general survey of all the inscriptional material in the Sanskrit, Prakrit, and modern Indo-Aryan languages, including donative, dedicatory, panegyric, ritual, and literary texts carved on stone, metal, and other materials. This material comprises many thousands of documents dating from a range of more than two millennia, found in India and the neighboring nations of South Asia, as well as in many parts of Southeast, central, and East Asia. The inscriptions are written, for the most part, in the Brahmi and Kharosthi scripts and their many varieties and derivatives.Inscriptional materials are of particular importance for the study of the Indian world, constituting the most detailed and accurate historical and chronological data for nearly all aspects of traditional Indian culture in ancient and medieval times. Richard Salomon surveys the entire corpus of Indo-Aryan inscriptions in terms of their contents, languages, scripts, and historical and cultural significance. He presents this material in such a way as to make it useful not only to Indologists but also non-specialists, including persons working in other aspects of Indian or South Asian studies, as well as scholars of epigraphy and ancient history and culture in other regions of the world.
 

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Contents

1 The Scope and Significance of Epigraphy in Indological Studies
3
2 Writing and Scripts in India
7
3 The Languages of Indic Inscriptions
72
4 Survey of Inscriptions in the IndoAryan Languages
110
5 Methods of Epigraphic Study
161
6 The History of Indian Epigraphic Studies
199
7 Epigraphy as a Source for the Study of Indian Culture
226
8 Bibliographic Survey
252
Selection of Typical Inscriptions
262
Bibliography
311
Index of Inscriptions Cited
328
Index
351
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Richard Salomon is at University of Washington.

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