number of Sanskrit mss. and number of texts

Andrew Ollett andrew.ollett at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 20 11:28:30 EST 2013


Dominik Wujastyk's response to a similar query on this list in 2009:

http://listserv.liv.ac.uk/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0903&L=INDOLOGY&P=R9560&I=-3

andrew

On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM, Jonathan Edelmann <je374 at msstate.edu>wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> David Pingree in "Indian Astronomy" _Proceedings of the American
> Philosophical Society_ (Vol 122 No 6, 1978) says there is about 10,000
> separate texts dealing with the exact sciences in Sanskrit, and
> approximately 100,000 manuscripts.  The distinction between separate texts
> and manuscripts seems important, and should probably factor into the
> evaluation.
>
> Sincerely,
> Jonathan Edelmann
>
>
> *Jonathan B. Edelmann, Ph.D.*  Assistant Professor of Religion
> Mississippi State University Department of Philosophy and Religion
> 449 Hardy Road Etheredge Hall
> Mississippi State 39762
> Work Phone (662) 325-9363
> University Website<http://www.philosophyandreligion.msstate.edu/faculty/edelmann.php>
>  | Book<http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/pn/neuroscience/9780199641543.do?sortby=pubDateDescend>
>  | Email Address <je374 at msstate.edu>
>
>
>
> On Jan 20, 2013, at 8:02 AM, James Hartzell wrote:
>
> the late David Pingree told me something similar, so there may be
> something more specific in his writings.  He did mention that due
> curatorial problems, many of the mss mentioned in the late 19th
> century-early 20th century ms catalogues are no more.
>
> On Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM, Herman Tull <hermantull at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Richard Gombrich writes (in his Boden inaugural, "In Being Sanskritic"):
>> "Surviving Sanskrit literature is many times as large as Latin and Greek
>> literature together. There may be as many as two million manuscripts
>> extant..."
>>
>> Is this a "standard" figure; does anyone have any other sources that
>> support this figure? (Or, larger or smaller figures.)
>>
>> Along with this question, is there an estimate of the number of distinct
>> texts (not just mss.) composed in Sanskrit?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Herman
>>
>> --
>> Herman Tull
>> Princeton, NJ
>>
>
>
>
> --
> James Hartzell, PhD
> Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)
> The University of Trento, Italy
>
>
>
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology_list.indology.info/attachments/20130120/c77f9586/attachment.html>


More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list