Harry Falk, Ancient Indian Eras: An Overview

Schist reliquary stūpa from Buner in three steps with dome.
Schist reliquary stūpa from Buner in three steps with dome.



The author summarizes his research on Indian eras which was so far dispersed over a series of articles. The main focus lies on the Indo-Greek (yavana) era, the Azes era, and the Kanishka era and their interdependence. A new reliquary is presented which reinforces the assumption that Azes was not the founder of the era named after him. An explanation for the era of Nahapana is offered, and a second new inscribed reliquary is presented with thoughts on the vision of time of the donors of Buddhist sanctuaries.