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The Last Chapter of Sphujidhvaja's Yavanajātaka Critically Edited with Notes (2013)


Since its discovery by scholars in the late nineteenth century, the last chapter of Sphujidhvaja's Yavanaj taka has been known as one of the earliest extant specimens of Indian astronomical works composed in Sanskrit. Subsequently, thanks to David Pingree's 1978 edition of the text, this chapter became widely recognized as one of the earliest Greek astronomical texts translated into Sanskrit, revealing the remarkable connection between the Greco-Babylonian astral science and the Indian one. However, some of Pingree's claims had been disputed by scholars and Pingree's reading and interpretation of the primary materials have been challenged by scholars such as Shukla (1989) and Falk (2001). In the light of the discovery of a new Nepalese paper manuscript and some other additional materials, some of the lacunae may now be filled and the additional variant readings have given us further clues to an improved interpretation of the text. The present study provides a summary of all the new findings concerning the last chapter of the Yavanaj taka, together with a revised, annotated critical edition.

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Authors & Contributors
Pingree, David Edwin
Brummelen, Glen Van
Abhyankar, K. D.
Carling, Gerd
Coze, Jean Le
Grasshoff, Gerd
Indian Journal of History of Science
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
American Philosophical Society
University of Chicago
MIT Press
Princeton University Press
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
India, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Hipparchos of Rhodes
Theon of Alexandria
al-Ṭūsī, Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad Naṣīr al-Dīn
Pingree, David
Pappus of Alexandria
Time Periods
18th century
Babylon (extinct city)
Middle and Near East
Rome (Italy)

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