Kuṣāṇa Donative Inscriptions

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Aggregated Inscriptions

The Kuṣāṇa Donative Inscriptions project applies an analysis of donative formulae to compare epigraphs composed in the Gāndhārī language and Kharoṣṭhī script with those in Epigraphical Hybrid Sanskrit (EHS) in the Brāhmī script during the Kuṣāṇa period, ca. 50-320 CE. The information contained in these epigraphs provides crucial information about the religious, political, social, and economic conditions in South Asia during the Kuṣāṇa Empire. This project is notable in that it will be the first exemplar of our Text Aggregation methodology. Individual texts will be aggregated and their grammatical, semantic and syntactic analysis merged to support comparison of donative formulae across regions and between languages.