Nirad Chaudhuri (Was Re: Greek and Latin in India)

Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg at IS2.NYU.EDU
Sun Feb 15 01:39:40 UTC 1998

On 14 Feb 1998 "jkirk at" wrote:
>Nirad Chaudhuri often sprinkled his accounts with both Latin and French,
>but I haven't yet found out if he actually studied Latin, or if he
>simply used a phrasebook to create his sophisticated effects.
>Joanna Kirkpatrick

I'm familiar with this author from his very carefully researched biography
of Max Mueller (1974), which is in my research area (history of
language-study). But as a non-Indologist, I am not sure how prominent a
figure Chaudhuri is. I notice his name was brought up (see above) in JK's
short list of Indian scholars who might have studied or known Greek and/or
Latin. Is that because Chaudhuri is unusual among Indian scholars in knowing
Greek and Latin, or because he is a particularly prominent Indologist, and
thus a good example of a well-known Indologist who perhaps knew Latin? When
did he die, by the way (as the above para. seems to imply)?

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing at or downingg at

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