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July 02, 2011

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incredible.. I have often wondered how one can decipher a writing system when the spoken language it represents is not known anymore.
In fact, Ashoka's edicts were supposed to have been written in Brahmi script and the spoken language was Magadhi. I wondered how the Asiatic Society Brit who deciphered it figured it out, without knowing the spoken language.. I guess I have to read more to figure it out :-)

astrokid.nj - There was a pillar with greek, aramaic and pali on a pillar. They already knew greek.

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