Elements of South-Indian Palaeography, from the Fourth to the Seventeenth Century, AD

Elements of South-Indian Palaeography, from the Fourth to the Seventeenth Century, AD : Being an Introduction to the Study of South-Indian Inscriptions and Mss

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Published in 1874, this groundbreaking monograph on the palaeography of southern India gained great scholarly acclaim. Arthur Coke Burnell (1840-82) served in the Indian Civil Service and as a judge, also building up a large collection of original or copied Sanskrit manuscripts. Originally intended as an introduction to his vast and pioneering Classified Index to the Sanskrit Manuscripts in the Palace at Tanjore (1880), this work won Burnell an honorary doctorate at the University of Strasbourg. Replete with documentary evidence, it contains copies and explanations of numerous texts, the decipherment of which threw new light upon an obscure chapter in the history of writing, offering new theories for dating the introduction of writing into India and the origin of southern Indian alphabets and numerals. Although Burnell's work has since been built on and sometimes superseded, this is still a much-cited resource in South Asian palaeography and epigraphy.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 31 colour illus. 1 map
  • 1139192183
  • 9781139192187

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The date of the introduction of writing into India; 2. The South-Indian alphabets and their development; 3. The South Indian numerals; 4. Accents and signs of punctuation; 5. The different kinds of South-Indian inscriptions; Appendix.
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