Fortified Cities of Ancient India: A Comparative Study
Authored by one of the leading scholars of German Indology, “Fortified Cities in Ancient India” offers a comparative exploration of the development of towns and cities in ancient India. Based on in-depth textual and archeological research, Professor Dieter Schlingloff’s work presents for the first time the striking outcomes of intertwining data garnered from a wide range of sources. This volume scrutinizes much of the established knowledge on urban fortifications in South Asia, advancing new conceptions based on an authoritative, far-reaching study.
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The Layout of the City
The analysis of the reference to towns in epic Buddhist and Jain litera
The Construction of a Fortification
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According Ajanta Ancient India ARASI Arch archaeological architectural Arthaśāstra ASIR Aśoka bank bastion Bharhut Bhita Bombay border brick wall Buddhist building built Bulandi city defenses city gate city wall construction courtyard Delhi distance door earth earthen rampart eastern elephants enclosed Fa-hsien feet flank fortification four long houses Ganges gate Fig gate-house gateway gopura hall Hastināpura height Jaina Jāt Kangle Kausambi Kautiliya king Kumrahar L.A. Waddell literature located Mahābhārata Mahābhāṣya main streets Mauryan Megasthenes Megasthenes’s mentioned Meyer translated moat mound mud-rampart Nagarjunakonda old Indian city Pahadi palace Pāli palisade passage Pāṭaliputra Patil Patna period Rājagṛha Rām rampart rectangular regard remains reports revetment river royal residence Sanci Sanskrit Schlingloff settlement Sharma side Śilpaśāstra Sirkap Sisupalgarh Śoṇa Śrāvastī Stein stone structure Taxila texts tion towers trench Ujjayinī Vaiśālī Excavations Waddell western wide width wooden