[INDOLOGY] first Sanskrit inscription ever published?

Marco Franceschini franceschini.marco at fastwebnet.it
Thu Feb 14 08:10:21 UTC 2019

Dear Arlo,

according to Salomon (Indian Epigraphy, 1998, p. 200), «the first publication of an old Indian inscription was by the "Sanskrit-mad" (Sir) Charles Wilkins» in 1781 (or 1785).

Hope this helps,


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> Il giorno 14 feb 2019, alle ore 07:22, Arlo Griffiths via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> ha scritto:
> Dear colleagues,
> Does anyhow know a modern scholarly publication of a Sanskrit inscription older than the one that can be found here in the following?
> John Crawfurd, An Inscription from the Kawi or Ancient Javanese Language, Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap der Kunsten en Wetenschappen 8, 1816, Batavia: Government Press.
> The volume of the Verhandelingen in question can be found on archive.org <http://archive.org/>. The title is misleading, and the decipherment utterly unreliable, but the transcription clearly reflects the Sanskrit-text of the 'Calcutta Stone' (https://iias.asia/the-newsletter/article/kolkata-calcutta-stone-bicentennial-british-interregnum-java-1811-1816 <https://iias.asia/the-newsletter/article/kolkata-calcutta-stone-bicentennial-british-interregnum-java-1811-1816>). It occurred to me recently that this publication might mark the beginning of Sanskrit epigraphy as a modern scholarly enterprise. But perhaps there is competition from publications by British officers who were posted in India proper rather than in 'Farther India'. Please enlighten me.
> Best wishes,
> Arlo Griffiths
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