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Dr.V.Selvakumar of Tanjore University

Dr.V.Selvakumar of Tanjore University


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  • 1. Introduction to Epigraphy V.Selvakumar Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology Tamil University Thanjavur selvakumarodi@gmail.com
  • 2. Epigraphy• Epigraphy –Study of Inscriptions and scripts• “Epi” outer layer• Palaeography –Study of the development of Scripts
  • 3. Inscription/Medium• Text, symbols engraved on rock surfaces• Copper Plates• Palm leafs• Coins• Sculptures• Bronze Images• Paintings
  • 4. Structure of the inscriptions• Opening “Swathi Sri”• Meykirthi –Prasasthi• Name of the king• Regnal Year• Content – Order• Land details boundary• Signature• Curse for those disturbed the d onation
  • 5. Mey Kirthi• Thirumakal Polap perunilachchelviyum ....• Kanthalur salai Kalamarutharuli – Rajaraja I
  • 6. Purpose of Inscription• Label describing Ownership• Royal Orders• Donation to temples• Sale deeds and agreements• Punishments• Heroic deeds
  • 7. Types of Scripts• Asokan Brahmi – Tamil Brahmi –Singhalese Brahmi - Kharoshti• Vattezhuttu• Tamil Ezhuttu• Kolezhuttu – Kerala• Granta – for Sanskrit• Nagari – Devanagari –Sanskrit –Hindi
  • 8. Methods of analysis• Chronology• Development of script• Palaeography• Analysis of Content• Linguistic• Text analysis
  • 9. Thank you