Possible future panel: textual dating. (fwd)

Alf Hiltebeitel beitel at GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU
Wed Dec 3 15:34:27 UTC 1997

Edwin -- I would be interested to present a discussion of dating of the
Mahabharata if such a panel on datings develops.  Alf Hiltebeitel

On Wed, 3 Dec 1997, Edwin Bryant wrote:

> Dear all,
> I would like to suggest the following possible topic for a future AAR (or
> Madison) panel: "Dating of Sanskrit texts: old assumptions, new
> evaluations" (or some such thing).
> Dennis Hudson has been doing very interesting and innovative work
> based on his analysis of the iconography of the Vaikuntha
> Perumal temple at Kanchipuram (which suggests a more ancient date for
> parts of the Bhagavat Purana than has generally been accepted by critical
> scholarship) and is willing to present some of his conclusions.  I would
> like to present a paper on how scholars ascertained the commonly accepted
> dates for the early Vedic literature and discuss some of the challenges
> to such dating (especially focusing on an analysis of the
> astro-chronological claims in this regard).
> Anyone else interested in presenting a paper connected with textual dating
> that might resonate with the above two topics?
> Hope you are all well,   Edwin Bryant

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