Introduction to Epigraphy               V.Selvakumar  Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology              Tamil Universit...
Epigraphy• Epigraphy –Study of Inscriptions and scripts• “Epi” outer layer• Palaeography –Study of the development of  Scr...
Inscription/Medium•   Text, symbols engraved on rock surfaces•   Copper Plates•   Palm leafs•   Coins•   Sculptures•   Bro...
Structure of the inscriptions•   Opening “Swathi Sri”•   Meykirthi –Prasasthi•   Name of the king•   Regnal Year•   Conten...
Mey Kirthi• Thirumakal Polap perunilachchelviyum ....• Kanthalur salai Kalamarutharuli – Rajaraja I
Purpose of Inscription•   Label describing Ownership•   Royal Orders•   Donation to temples•    Sale deeds and agreements•...
Types of Scripts• Asokan Brahmi – Tamil Brahmi –Singhalese  Brahmi - Kharoshti• Vattezhuttu• Tamil Ezhuttu• Kolezhuttu – K...
Methods of analysis•   Chronology•   Development of script•   Palaeography•   Analysis of Content•   Linguistic•   Text an...
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2. introduction to epigraphy

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

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