Brahmi – Rediscovering the Lost Script

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Brahmi is probably the ancient script known to India, majorly seen during 4th – 3rd century BCE, during the reign of Asoka the great. Although the oldest pictorial writing system known to us is the Indus Valley Hieroglyphs, they cannot be considered as a true script. Recent archaeological excavations in Tamil Nadu have also indicated that Brahmi had a long history before king Devanampiyadasi Asoka. "Brahmi" is the mother of almost all Indic Scripts as well as scripts of other eastern Asian countries like Sumatra, Java, Bali, China and Malaysia. The book is a comprehensive analysis of the Brahmi as a script in addition to covering all major Brahmi inscriptions found in India. This book also talks about ancient writing styles and how they further developed into various other descendants. Numerous historical tidbits have been pieced together for the sake of maintaining continuity and interest. The challenging task of translating large amount of text into visual data has also been achieved through plethora of photographs, illustrations, and chronological timelines.


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Brahmi – Rediscovering the Lost Script
1st. ed.
819320851X, 978-8193208519
152p., 20.3 x 2.5 x 25.4cm.