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Sir William Jones, Persian, Sanskrit and the Asiatic Society

sir william jones asiatic society

Jones's health gradually deteriorated from 1791. Many of his language attitudes were first articulated in the Grammar. Yale University, Beinecke Library, notebook. Royal Asiatic Society, London, drawings and papers. In the summer of 1766 he fell in love with Anna Maria Shipley 1748-1829 , daughter of the radical Bishop Jonathan Shipley 1713-88 ; was elected a fellow of University College; and offered the post of interpreter for Eastern languages by the Duke of Grafton, First Lord of the Treasury.

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Biography of Sir William Jones

sir william jones asiatic society

William Davies Shipley, Dean of St. He got married to Anna Maria prior to his departure for Calcutta. From 1780 to 1783, Jones wrote four political tracts, the most famous and influential of which was An Inquiry into the Legal Mode of Suppressing Riots, with a Constitutional Plan of Future Defence 1780. New York: Oxford University Press. Alongside his research on matters of language Jones carried on his studies in Indian Chemistry and Botany.


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Asiatic Society

sir william jones asiatic society

I have an idea for you, not a blossom, but as yet a germ only. The full title of the book was The Speeches of Isoeus in Causes Concerning the Law of Succession to Property at Athens. He spent the next eleven years introducing Europe to the mysticism and rationality of Hinduism, becoming a pioneer in comparative religion. Jones reveals his admiration for the eldest son of Shah Jahān, the scholar prince Dārā Šokōh q. Many employees of the British East India Company hired local instructors to help them with Bengali, Hindi or Persian. But when he was not considered for the post he waited for the next opportunity. Jones went to Oxford University in 1764 and studied a lot there and, at the same time, acquired greater proficiency in both Arabic and Persian.


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sir william jones asiatic society

It was for this reason that he had thought of a wide-ranging co-operative society. This poem he wrote in English. David Kopf, British Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1969. Idem, Sir William Jones: a Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources, 2 vols. He was ideally fitted for the post; to add to his skill as an advocate a distinguished reputation as a legal scholar had been established by a series of key studies of comparative law: The Speeches of Isaeus Concerning the Law of Succession to Property in Athens 1779 ; Essay on the Law of Bailments 1781 ; and The Mahomedan Law of Succession to the Property of Intestates 1782.

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The Asiatic Society

sir william jones asiatic society

There was an enormous collection of Sanskrit manuscripts with the Society. In this discourse he claimed with proofs that in a comparative study of European languages and Sanskrit he had noticed that the source of Greek, Latin, Gothic, Celtic and Sanskrit and Persian is the same. The title of his plan was 'Objects of Enquiry during My Residence in Asia'. He condemns the authenticity of all the Puranas. His system became known as the Jonesian System. Jones was the first to propose a racial division of India involving an Aryan invasion but at that time there was insufficient evidence to support it. Not only this, he also gave a final shape to his thoughts about establishing a research organisation at Calcutta following the model of the Royal Society.

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Happy Birthday Sir William Jones

sir william jones asiatic society

Jones also undertook the editorship of the Researches of the Asiatic Society, the first volume being published in 1789. It does not represent the voice of devotees at all. The original plan for the new building was prepared by. Besides these, he also made a plan about what other areas, apart from his duties as a judge, of oriental studies he would explore for carrying on research during his stay at Calcutta. It has also a collection of 293 maps, microfische of 48,000 works, microfilm of 387,003 pages, 182 paintings, 2500 pamphlets and 2150 photographs.

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Asiatic Society

sir william jones asiatic society

Brine, New York, 1995, pp. William Davies Shipley, Dean of St. From 1784 -1793 he gave ten lectures. These thirteen volumes of his works, published in 1807, begin with a memoir by his friend and editor Lord Teignmouth 1751-1834. Robinson as The Works of Sir William Jones. Through works such as his nine 'Hymns' to Hindu deities and his translation of the Sanskrit classic Sacontalá, Jones inspired and influenced Romantic writers from William Blake to August Wilhelm Schlegel.

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Jones, Sir William

sir william jones asiatic society

Jones was planning a history of Turkey and had he succeeded in a rather ambitious attempt to secure the post of ambassador at Constantinople, the history of Orientalism might have developed differently. Bayly, Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870, Cambridge, 1996. The early collection of this library was enriched by the contributions it received from its members. William Jones was born on this day, 28 September, in 1746. In these two Discourses he discussed the languages of the east and their origin. The work, which went through several editions and translations, provided a model that later language scholars would follow. The Brahmavaivartta has not the slightest title to be regarded as a Purana.

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