[INDOLOGY] 1st century BCE

Andrew Ollett andrew.ollett at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 13:18:53 EDT 2020


I would be interested in this as well. The so-called
Brāhmaṇatissa/Brāhmaṇatīya famine (bämiṇitiyā sāya) is supposed to have
happened in the reign of Vaṭṭagāmaṇi, in the first century BCE, and it
seems to have been the famine with the biggest imprint on Sri Lankan
historical memory, to judge from later story collections. (As far as I know
the Mahāvaṁsa doesn't mention it.)

On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 12:10 PM Olivelle, J P via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> I got a message from a colleague working on environmental geography in
> Egypt and East Asia about a monsoon failure. He says:
>
> we're looking at a massive monsoon failure with a decadal impact- we
> clearly see it in Egypt and in East Asia. Our model makes it look like
> India, or other parts of the Indian Ocean, would have been a total
> disaster...would love to be able to see what historical/archaeological
> evidence might tell us.
>
> I wonder whether anyone has information on this, and whether it might
> event be reflected in cultural remains, including texts.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Patrick
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