The Practical difficulties in calculating dates mentioned in inscriptions or in the colophons to manuscripts are considerable. Among the books offering help to historians and editors alike, in the works of R. Sewell stand out as excellent introductions to this intricate subject. The book reprinted here was first published in 1897. However, in spite of its age, The Indian Calendar has retained its usefulness for the benefit of scholars working on the chronology of Ancient India.
About the Author(s)
Robert Sewell (1845-1925) has written extensively on Indian history. Besides his works on the Indian Calendar and on chronology, his book A Forgotten Empire : Vijayanagara (1900) is one of the pioneering efforts to describe South Indian history, and the Historical Inscriptions of Southern India (1923) is still a valuable tool for research.