In the sense of "earlier authors", the word prāñcaḥ is very frequent in Sanskrit grammatical commentaries.

Madhav Deshpande

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 7:56 PM, Rosane Rocher <> wrote:
It does indeed mean "so say earlier authors."

Rosane Rocher

On 1/25/15 9:19 AM, Martin Gansten wrote:
In a technical section of an astrological text (Balabhadra's Hāyanaratna) I just came across the expression iti prāñcaḥ, which I don't recall seeing before and couldn't find in Tubb and Boose's otherwise excellent Scholastic Sanskrit. Am I right in thinking that it means something like 'so say earlier [authors]'?

A quick web search for the phrase returned seven hits, one of which (Annambhaṭṭa's Tarksaṃgraha) does seem to contrast prāñcaḥ with navīnāḥ, in support of my conjecture; but the others were inconclusive. An old blog post showed that at least I'm not alone in wondering about it.

Any clarifications or corrections would be much appreciated.

Martin Gansten

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