Excerpt from Ancient India: From the Earliest Times to the First Century A. D
In the following pages I have tried to write the story of Ancient India in a manner which shall be intelligible to all who take an interest in Modern India. My object has been to draw as clearly as possible the outlines of the history of the nations of India, so far as it has yet been recovered from the ancient literatures and monuments, and to sketch the salient features of the chief religious and social systems which flourished during the period between the date of the Rig-veda (about 1200 B.C.) and the first century A.D.
For the benefit of those who wish to continue the study I have added at the end of the book some notes on the ancient geography and a short bibliography of standard works.
In the transliteration of Sanskrit names I have followed a system which, while giving a strictly accurate representation of sounds, will, I trust, not puzzle readers who are not oriental scholars.
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