A Ancient Indian Historiography and Sources
Unit I Nature of Source material for the reconstruction of Ancient Indian History. Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata and Puranas.
Unit II Archaeological sources; exploration excavation, epigraphy, numismatics and monuments, Ashoka’s edict- Hathigumpha Inscription, Allahabad pillar inscription (Prayag Prasasti); Mehrauli pillar inscription; Junagarh and Bhitari inscriptions.
Unit III Coinage of Indo-Greeks, Kaniska, and Guptas as source material for reconstruction of their history.
Unit IV Foreign Accounts. Accounts of Megasthenese, Fa-hein, Hieu-Tsang and Alberuni.
Unit V Historiography of Socio-religious History-writing in Ancient India.