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Brahmi Script: Development in North-Western India and Central Asia (Set of 2 Volumes)- A Rare Book

Brahmi Script: Development in North-Western India and Central Asia (Set of 2 Volumes)- A Rare Book
$77.00
Item Code: NAL080
Author: Ram Sharma
Publisher: B.R. Publishing Corporation
Language: English
Edition: 2002
Pages: 502
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 970 gms
About the Book

The Book Brahmi Script – Development in North-western India and Central Asia in two volumes attempts to give a vivid picture of the Brahmi Alphabet in all its three stages viz., Early Brahmi, Middle Brahmi and Late Brahmi which remained current in North-western region of India and Central Asia and is presented in three parts.

In the first part source material including inscriptions, coins and manuscripts have been critically discussed. The second part represents a smooth flow of the development of the script and numerals. The third part consists of charts and forms of letters which is quite exhaustive. While all the three parts are quite interdependent, they can be studied and referred to independently of each other.

It is hoped this scholarly book will be welcomed by researchers in the Brahmi Script.

 

About the Author

Dr.Ram Sharma was born in a small village Kaul of Kaithal District, Haryana on 15 October, 1930. He was awarded Ph.D. by the University of Punjab for his Thesis “Studies on the Aitareya Brahmana.” He secured a gold medal for getting first class first in M.A. (Sanskrit) and got M.O.L. (Master of Oriental Learning) in Sanskrit.

At an early age of fifteen years, he studied Sanskrit in Rajasthan and Punjab. Honorary titles “Vidhya Bhushan”, “Vidhya Vinod”, “Sahitya Ratan” have been conferred on him by different institutions.

He knows five languages viz., Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Punjabi and English and has mainly worked in the field of Epigraphy. He has published a number of papers on Ancient Indian History in various journals of repute. He retired as Deputy Director, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi.

 

Foreword

It is with pleasure to certify that Dr. Ram Sharma has completed his second thesis entitled: Development of Brahmi Script in North-western India and Central Asia. His first thesis ‘Studies on the Aitareya Brahmana’ was completed by him in 1973 under my guidance whereupon Punjab University honoured him by conferring the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Dr. Ram Sharma has been keeping busy with his studies on the present topic for quite some time. I am glad to say that he has completed this also nicely. The present work contains three parts. In the first part source material including inscriptions, coins and manuscripts have been critically discussed. The second part represents a smooth flow of the development of the script and numerals. The third part consists of charts of forms of letters. This part is also quite exhaustive. Thus, while all the three parts are quite interdependent, they can be studied and referred to independently of each other. I hope this will prove to be a very good contribution to the learning. I wish all success to the Author of this highly technical work.

 

Contents

 

 
VOL. 1
 
  Foreword iii
  List of Abbreviations vii
  System of Transliteration xiii
 
Part-I: Introduction Inscriptions Numismatics and Manuscripts
 
1 Introduction (Scope and Sources) 3
2 Inscriptions 13
  A. Early Brahmi 13
  B. Middle Brahmi 21
  C. Late Brahmi  
  (Haryana Style, Himachal Style, Punjab Style, and Chitral Style) 22
  D. Later Phase of the Scripts  
  (Kabul Style, Gilgit Style, and Chamba Style) 34
  E. Sarada Group 41
  F. Early Nagari Group 44
3 Numismatics 51
  A. Tribal Coins 51
  B. Coins of the Foreign Dynasties  
  (Indo-Greek, Kushana, Indo-sussanian, Huns) 60
  C. Miscellaneous  
  (Kashmir, Taxila, Sunset, Ohind or Kabul & some uncertain Coins) 65
4 Manuscripts 75
  A. Some Manuscripts Exhibiting Middle and Late Phases of Brahmi 75
  B. Some Records in Slanting Variety of Late Brahmi 96
  C. The Upright Variety of Late Brahmi 115
 
Part - II: The Development of the Brahmi Alphabet
 
5 The Development of the Brahmi Alphabet 145
  A. Vowels 146
  B. Consonants 160
  C. Medial Vowel Signs 221
  D. Anusvara & Anunasika 241
  E. Visargas, Jihvamuliya & Upadhmaniya 243
  F. Conjucts 245
  G. Absence of Vowels (Halantas) 251
  H. Errors & Corrections 252
  I. Some Benedictory Symbols 253
  J. Numerals 256
  K. Interpunctuation Marks 271
 
VOL. 2
 
 
Part - III: The Brahmi Alphabet (Charts)
 
6 The Brahmi Alphabet 279
  A. Vowels 279
  B. Consonants 292
  C. Medial Vowel Signs 373
  D. Anusvara & Anunasika 401
  E. Visargas, Jihvamuliya & Upadhmaniya 403
  F. Conjucts 407
  G. Absence of Vowels (Halantas) 432
  H. Errors & Corrections 433
  I. Some Benedictory Symbols 434
  J. Numerals 435
  K. Interpunctuation Marks 445
  Appendices 449
  A. List of Sources 449
  B. Chronological Order of the Sources 455
  Bibliography 459
  Index 465
     
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