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Royal Messages by the Wayside: Historical Geography of the Asokan Edicts / Chakrabarti, Dilip K.
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Royal Messages by the Wayside: Historical Geography of the Asokan Edicts
Chakrabarti, Dilip K.
 
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  Book ID : 37506
  ISBN-10 : 81-7305-411-8 / 8173054118
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-7305-411-2 / 9788173054112
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2011
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  xvi, 184p., 8 B/W Plts., 4 Maps, Bib., Index, 25 cm.
   
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 CONTENTS
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CONTENTS:-

- Preface
- List of Illustrations

1. Introduction
I. The Purpose of the Present Volume
II. Aspects of Asokan Studies
III. The Scope of the Present Volume

2. The Minor Rock Edicts
I. The Sasaram-Ghurhupur/ Basaha-Ahraura Sector
I-1. Sasaram
I-2. Ghurhupur/Basaha
I-3. Ahraura
II. Rupnath
III. Panguraria
IV. Gujarra
V. Bahapur/Srinivaspuri, Delhi
VI. Bairat
VII. The Southern Minor Rock Edicts
VII-1. Nittur, Udegola, Maski
VII-2. Brahmagiri, Siddapur, Jatinga Ramesvar
VII-3. Yerragudi and Rajula Mandagiri
VII-4. Observations on the Locations of the Southern MREs
VIII. Manema desa, Suvarnagiri and Isila

3. The Fourteen Major Rock Edicts and the Two Separate Edicts
I. The Contents of the Fourteen Edicts
II. The Findspots of the Major Rock Edicts and the Significance of their Locations
II-1. Shahbazgarhi
II-2. Mansehra
II-3. The Historical-Geographical Significance of the Locations of Shabazgarhi and Mansehra Rock Edict Sites
II-4. Girnar
II-5. Kalsi
II-6. Soprara
II-7. Sannati
II-8. Yerragudi/Erragudi
II-9. Dhauli
II-10. Jaugada
II-11. The Identification of Tosali
II-12. The Significance of the Locations of Dhauli and Jagada
III. The Separate Edicts
IV. The Related Historical and Geographical Issues
V. Where Did the Battle of Kalinga Take Place?
V-1. The Epigraphic Context
V-2. The Location of Kalinga
V-3. Possible Place of the Kalinga Battle

4. The Edicts From Vidarbha, Bairat (Calcutta – Bairat or Bhabru Edict), Afghanistan and the Northwest, and the Barabar Hills
I. Vidarbha
I.1. The Inscription from Deotek in the Chandrapur District
I.2. The Untraceable Edict, Possibly from Ghugus, in the Chandrapur District
I.3. Comments on the Vidarbha Finds
II. Calcutta-Bairat
III. Afghanistan
III-1. Shah-i-Kuna or Old Kandahar
III-1.1. Kandahar Graeco-Aramaic Bilingual Inscription
III-1.2. Kandahar Greek Inscription
III-1.3. Kandahar Aramaic Inscription
III-2. Lamghan/Pul-i-Darunta
III-2.1. Lamghan Sultan Baba Ridge Inscription
III-2.2. Lamghan Sam Baba Ridge Inscription
III-2.3. The Third Asokan Inscription (in Aramaic) from Laghman
IV. The Taxila Pillar Inscription in Aramaic
V. The Buner/Takhti-i-Bahi Stone Slab Inscribed in Asokan Brahmi
VI. Barabar Hills

5. The Seven Pillar Edicts and Various Related Issues
I. The Contents of the Seven Pillar Edicts (after Hultzsch 1925)
I.1. Pillar Edicts I-V
I.1.1. Notes on the Birds, Fishes and Animals Mentioned in PE V
I.2. Pillar Edicts VI-VII
II. The Locations of Asokan Pillars in the Accounts of Fa-Xian and Xuang-Xang (Hiuen-Tsang)
II.1. The Testimony of Fa-Xian
II.2. The Testimony of Xuang-Xang
III. Asokan Pillars and Bell-Capitals
III-1. Pataliputra
III-2. Kolhua
III-3. Lauriya Araraj
III-4. Lauriya Nandangarh
III-5. Rampurva
III-6. The Historical-Geographical Significance of the Locations of the Kolhua, Lauriya Araraj, Lauriya Nandangarh and Rampurva Pillars
IV. The Patliputra-Mahasthangarh Alignment and Sikligarh Pillar
V. Rummindei, Nigliva and Gotihawa
V.1. Rummindei or Lumbini
V.2. Nigliva/Nigali Sagar
V.3. Gotihawa/Gutiva
V.4. Observations on the Archaeological Contexts of Rummindei, Nigliva and Gotihawa
VI. The Bell-capital of Bansi and the Pillar of Bhagalpur
VII. Ayodhya
VIII. Varanasi: Lat Bhairo
IX. Sarnath
IX.1. A Second Pillar at Sarnath (?)
X. Prahladpur
XI. Belkhara (Ahraura)
XII. Bakraur
XIII. Bhuvanesvara: Bhaskaresvara and Ramesvara Temples
XIV. Allahabad
XIV.1. The Queen’s Edict (after Hultzsch 1925, pp. 158-59)
XIV.2. The Kausambi Edict (after Hultzsch 1925, pp. 159-160)
XV. Kausambi Pillar
XVI. Deur Kothar
XVII. Sanchi
XVIII. Udayagiri (Gwalior Museum)
XIX. Bhopal (?)
XX. Sodanga (Ujjayini)
XXI. Amaravati
XXII. Sankisa
XXIII. Delhi-Topra and Delhi-Meerat
XXIV. Hissar and Fatehabad

6. Summary and Discussion
I. Minor Rock Edicts
II. Major Rock Edicts and Separate Edicts
III. Miscellaneous Edicts from Vidarbha, Bairat, Afghanistan and the Northwest, and the Barabar Hills
IV. Pillar Edicts
V. Historical-Geographical World of Mauryan India

- Bibliography
- Index

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This book discusses the geographical implications of the locations of the Asokan edicts and is based on field-studies of many of these locations. The Asokan studies have largely been based, since their inception, on the issues of language, script and grammar, and one hopes that the studies of this kind, which are important ingredients of Asokan scholarship, will continue to be undertaken. However, textual scholarship or grammatical rules do not necessarily lead by themselves to historical or geographical knowledge. By studying in detail the geographical locations of the Asokan edicts, the present book has tried to understand some of the geopolitical factors operative in Mauryan India. It has also tried to identify ancient Tosali and the place where the battle for Kalinga was likely to have taken place. Two more major places which have been identified are Isila and Suvarnagiri. Among other things, it has argued that the Mauryan art, instead of being so-called 'imperial' and 'courtly', was much more broad-based than is thought and effectively foreshadowed some basic elements of the later 'Sunga art'.
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