devaanaamp.? (was Re: Origin of Dravidian languages)

Jacob Baltuch jacob.baltuch at EURONET.BE
Tue Feb 10 19:10:53 UTC 1998

Eric Seldeslachts wrote:

>Deva in devAnAMpriya is used in the meaning of 'king'. In fact,
>devAnAMpriya seems to be a translation of the Hellenistic title filos
>tOn basileOn 'friend of the kings', applied to highly placed vassals.
>This might have important implications for the interpretation of the
>relationship between the Mauryas and the Seleucids: see SCHARFE,
>Hartmut, The Maurya dynasty and the Seleucids, Zeitschrift fuer
>vergleichende Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete der indogermanischen
>Sprachen 85 (1971): 211-225.

Does Scharfe really suggest azoka may have considered himself "philos"
of the Seleucid "basileus"? (i.e. a vassal).

Was "devaanaampiya" (either translated or transcribed, cf "piodassEs")
used in azoka's Greek inscriptions?

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