How were the inscriptions of Maurya period deciphered? - History

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How were the inscriptions of Maurya period deciphered? 



The Mauryan Empire's history can be understood in part through literature and inscriptions. James Princep cracked the Ashokan Rock Edicts in 1837. The writings that were carved into rocks and pillars are known as "rock edicts" or "pillar edicts." These edicts were posted in all the most prominent locations, including busy thoroughfares, regions close to towns, and holy sites, in order to draw attention.

These orders were frequently written in the Prakrit script and language. Kharosthi was the preferred writing system in the northwest, while Greek and Aramaic were used in the far west.

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