brahmi? (was Re: Origin of Dravidian languages)

Tue Feb 10 05:13:29 UTC 1998

At 10:12 PM 2/9/98 +0100, you wrote:
>Can you tell me what the earliest attested use of brahmi is?
>I've always thought the earliest specimens of brahmi writing
>were azoka's. But last December someone posted an article from the
>"MP Chronicle" where I've found: "Archaeologists discover remains
>of temple in Sehore [...] A 6th century BC punch mark coin with an
>elephant and inscription in Brahmi on one side and svastika and Ujjaini
>signs and tree on the reverse was found at Ninnaur"
>And something completely different:
>I was surprised (given the metaphore) to read in some translation
>of azoka's edicts he styled himself deevaanaaMpriya. What's the earliest
>attested metaphorical use?

It was a practice of that age. Alexander considered himself to be the
son of a greek god. Darius I claimed that he was favoured by gods.
The grandfather Asoka was Chadragupta who was a contemporary of
Alexander, knew about the Alexander legend. In addition we have
"na aviSnuH prithvIpatiH". So it is no wonder that Asoka claimed
himself to be dEvAnAmpiya.



More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list