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The Indian Analyst


South Indian Inscriptions






List of Plates

Additions and Corrections



Altekar, A. S

Bhattasali, N. K

Barua, B. M And Chakravarti, Pulin Behari

Chakravarti, S. N

Chhabra, B. CH

Das Gupta

Desai, P. B

Gai, G. S

Garde, M. B

Ghoshal, R. K

Gupte, Y. R

Kedar Nath Sastri

Khare, G. H

Krishnamacharlu, C. R

Konow, Sten

Lakshminarayan Rao, N

Majumdar, R. C

Master, Alfred

Mirashi, V. V

Mirashi, V. V., And Gupte, Y. R

Narasimhaswami, H. K

Nilakanta Sastri And Venkataramayya, M

Panchamukhi, R. S

Pandeya, L. P

Raghavan, V

Ramadas, G

Sircar, Dines Chandra

Somasekhara Sarma

Subrahmanya Aiyar

Vats, Madho Sarup

Venkataramayya, M

Venkatasubba Ayyar

Vaidyanathan, K. S

Vogel, J. Ph

Index.- By M. Venkataramayya

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Vol. IV - VIII

Volume IX

Volume X

Volume XI

Volume XII

Volume XIII

Volume XIV

Volume XV

Volume XVI

Volume XVII

Volume XVIII

Volume XIX

Volume XX

Volume XXII_Part I

Volume XXII_Part II



Volume XXIII

Volume XXIV

Archaeological Links

Archaeological-Survey of India




In the Epigraphia Indica, Vol. XXIV, pp. 1-8, the late N. G. Majumdar published a Kharōshṭhī inscription which contains the name of the Greek ruler Menandros and which can, with certainty, be ascribed to about the middle of the second century B. C. If we abstract from the inscription on the Swāt relic vase of the Meridarkh Theodoros10 this is the first old record which mentions ofte of those Greek princes who established themselves in the Indian border-land about the second century B. C. And it is of considerably greater importance than the swat record because Menandros played a great role in the conquest of India, while Theodoros is not known from other sources. It has not, however, so far as I know, been noticed or discussed in European or American journals.


[1] The first akshara of this word is lost by the peeling off of the surface of the rock. Of the second akshara mha, only the superscript m remains. It has the same form as in balmanāna[], below, in l. 4.
[2]Read chhaṭhe. There is a dot in the middle of the circle of ṭha due to a fault in the rock, which makes it look like tha. As the following symbol shows, chhaṭhe is the intended word.
[3] These four aksharas are very carelessly incised.
[4]About five aksharas are lost here. The word probably contained the name of the father of Idadeva and ended in putena.
[5]Sanskrit, Indradēvēna.
[6]The anusvāra on na is indistinct.
[7]Sanskrit, cha. Ya is used in this sense in other records also. See,e.g., the Mayidavōlu plates of Śivashandavarman, above, Vol. VI, p. 85, and the Bāsim plates of Vindhyaśakti II, above, Vol. XXVI, p. 151.
[8] [Dr. Dines Chandra Sircar has also published a note on this inscription ; above, Vol. XXVI, No. 46, pp. 318 ff.─ Ed.]
[9] [It is greatly to be regretted that the author passed away when thislearned essay of his was in an advancedstage of proof.─Ed.]
[10]C. I. I. Vol. II, pt. I, p. 1.

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