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Journal of the Asiatic Society 1953 (Letters)


In a modern system of dating we mention the current year the month of the year and the day of the month and mostly but not always the weekday. [...] This presupposes the fixation of (1) the era (2) the initial day of the year and (3) the lengths of the months. [...] This era was probably introduced by the Babylonian astronomers who felt the need of a continuously running era instead of the use of the years elapsed or current since accession to the throne of the reigning king (Regnal Years) which had been in vogue since the time of the Kassites (1700 B. C.). [...] Tarn remarks 'It used to be taken that wherever the names of Macedonian months occur the Macedonian form of the calendar (Graeco-Chaldean) was in use' but recently it has been strongly argued that the calendar in use in Seleucia was a mixed form with the Macedonian months but the Babylonian year and that this and not the Macedonian form of the calendar was the form used by Seleucia on the P [...] But it agrees with the method followed in contemporary Parthia which mentions the year usually in the Seleucidean Era rarely in the Arsacid Era the name of the month in Greek and the ordinal number of the day which range from 1 to 30.
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Different Methods of Date-Recording in Ancient and Medieval India and the Origin of the Śaka Era
1-24 M. N. Saha view
The Date of Khrāvela
25-32 Krishna Panigrahi view
Saknāt-Sankāt-Sanknāt of the Tabaqāt-I-Nāsirī
33-36 D. C. Sircar view
Wang Hiuan-Ts’ö’s Indian Campaign
37-44 R. C. Majumdar view
A Masterpiece of Mediaeval Kashmīrī Metal Art: King Śamkaravarman’s Frame for an Image of Buddha Avatāra (Beginning of the Tenth Century A.D.) in the Srinagar Museum
45-56 H. Goetz view
A Fragmentary Stone Inscription from Bhītā
57-i Priyatosh Banerjee view
Gunji Rock Inscription
59-62 D. C. Sircar view
Knowledge of the Ancient Hindus Concerning Fish and Fisheries of India
63-78 Sunder Hora view
Makhzan-I-Afghāni and Tawārikh-I-Majlis ĀRāi and Their Relative Value as Sources of History
79-84 N. B. Roy view
The Vidūsaka in Sanskrit Dramas—His Origin
85-104 R. C. Hazra view
Two Mediaeval Inscriptions
105-108 Priyatosh Banerjee view
A Jaina Pedestal Inscription
109-ii Priyatosh Banerjee view
Review of Books
113-116 unknown view
i-ii unknown view

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