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Dictionary of Social, Economic and Administrative Terms in South Indian Inscriptions Volume 1

K.V. Ramesh (Editor) R S Sharma (Editor)

The dictionary is a significant landmark in the history of epigraphical studies in India. It first emphasises the importance of medieval Indian inscriptions and especially South Indian inscriptions as an invaluable treasure that, however, requires proper understanding especially where the terms used in inscriptions are concerned as they have sometimes different meanings. It explains all the important technical vocabulary in South Indian inscriptions which constitute the bulk of Indian inscriptions, giving importance to the context and time of each usage.

A result of years of strenuous work by a team of epigraphists, the dictionary arranges the epigraphic terms in alphabetical order. It identifies words that are obsolete and obscure due to lapse of centuries and gives meanings of a tentative nature for them. Volume 1 covers terms from A to D.

Beginning with an overview of history of South Indian inscriptions, each entry word in the dictionary is followed by an indication of the language of the inscription where it appears—Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Prakrit or Sanskrit—indicating the original source of the word. This is followed by the meaning of the word in English, and the text of the inscription and its roman transliteration and English translation. The references to dynasties and the kings’ names follow along with the Shaka years of their reign or the years of their reign as given in the inscription and their Gregorian equivalent. The entries also refer to inscriptions from commercial guilds. Where an inscription is undated, the century to which it can be assigned on palaeographical grounds is mentioned.

The editor of the volume is K. V. Ramesh who has been Director (Epigraphy), Archaeological Survey of India.

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About the author

K.V. Ramesh

K.V. Ramesh (b. 1935) joined the Epigraphy Branch of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1956 and has eversince been engaged in epigraphical and historical research. Besides contributing a large number of research papers for various seminars and journals, he has authored two books in English, 'A history of South Kanara' and 'Jain Literature in Tamil' and three more books in Kannada. His 'Corpus of Western Ganga Inscriptions', being published by the ICHR and his other work 'The Vatapi Chalukyas' are now in the Press. He visited Bulgaria in 1982 on cultural Exchange and Japan in 1983 as an invitee to the XXXI Internationa Converence on Human Sciences in Asia and North Africa. He is presently holding the office of Director in the Archaeological Survey of India and is one of the Founder Members and a former Secretary and Executive Editor of the Epigraphical Society of India. He is also one of the Vice Presidents of the Place Names Society of India. Dr. Ramesh, who has the advantage of knowing, besides Sanskrit, all the South Indian languages, is currently the Editor of the Epigraphia Indica in his capacity as Director, Epigraphy.

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Title Dictionary of Social, Economic and Administrative Terms in South Indian Inscriptions Volume 1
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.03.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
length 29cm.