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History and Culture of Tamil Nadu (Volume 2)

 
Chithra Madhavan (Author)
Synopsis

Epigraphy, or the study of inscriptions, has played a very important role in reconstructing the history of India. Tamil Nadu in particular has a very large number of epigraphs, which have been of immense help to historians in writing about the history of Tamil country. The majority of these inscriptions are written in Tamil. However, beginning from the sixth century AD, a large number of inscriptions, both lithic and copper-plate grants came to be composed in Sanskrit as well. Some of these epigraphs are wholly in Sanskrit while some, especially the copper-plate inscriptions, are-bi-lingual, with the first or prasasti portion in chaste Sanskrit and the second or operative part of the record being in Tamil. While volume I dealt, in detail, with the sanskrti inscriptions belonging to the Pallavas, Pandyas, Colas and their feudatories up to C.1310 AD, this books deals with the Sanskrit inscriptions of the period of the Vijayanagara, Nayaka, Later Pandya and Maratha kings who ruled over tamil nadu. These Sanskrit records provide interesting and valuable details regarding civil and military admin-istration, social and economic life, education, literature and the religious and cultural conditions of those times and have been very well presented I this work. This book is an important contribution not only to the field of epigraphy, but to the history of South India in general and the history of Tamil Nadu in particular.

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About the author

Chithra Madhavan

Dr. Chithra Madhavan took her M.A. Degree in Indian History with first rank from the University of Madras in 1988 and received the M.Phil Degree in 1989. Subsequently, in 1999, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Mysore. She was awarded the Junior Fellowship in Epigraphy by the Department of Culture, Government of India for the period 2001-2003. She has contributed a number of research papers on epigraphy, art and architecture to various seminars and reputed journals and also many popular articles to newspapers on Indian history and art.

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Bibliographic information

Title History and Culture of Tamil Nadu (Volume 2)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.11.2018
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603693, 9788124603703
length xviii+198p., Illustrations Black and White; 22cm.