Indian Epigraphy: A Guide to the Study of Inscriptions in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and the other Indo…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRichard Salomon

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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 ofdocuments 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 andderivatives. 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 ofIndo-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 Asianstudies, as well as scholars of epigraphy and ancient history and culture in other regions of the world.

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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 ofdocuments dating from a range of more than two mille...

Richard Salomon is at University of Washington.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195099842

ISBN - 13:9780195099843

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"Salomon's book provides new arguments for several ongoing discussions among specialists; but above all, it is an indispensable handbook which gives answers and help to everyone who wants to evaluate or edit an epigraphical text. Indian epigraphy is now presented as a fascinating science; oralternatively, an important science has received its adequate introduction." --Harry Falk, Written Language and Literacy