The Satavahanas (Andhra or Andhrajatiya of the historical sections of the Puranas) occupy a pre-eminent position in early Deccanese history comparable only to that of the Kushanas of North India who were almost contemporaries. However, despite scholarly efforts for over a century and half, numerous basic issues appertaining them including the original seat of their power, total duration of their rule and number of monarchs of the imperial line and chronology, especially the epoch of their rise to power, not to speak of minor problems, have continued baffling historians for long for want of dependable data. The present volume represents a cooperative effort of known authorities to highlight and solve these issues in the light of fresh evidence as well as a reinterpretation of the known data occasioned by this new material.
Also included in this volume are important contributions on numismatics, epigraphy, and cultural and archaeological facets. These writings have turned the volume into an indispensable source-book for students of Satavahanas and Deccanese history in particular and early Indian history in general. Hopefully it would be found interesting and thought-provoking by discerning readers.
- Vol. I:
- I. History:
- Puranas on the Satavahanas: an archaeological-historical perspective/Ajay Mitra Shastri
- Simuka was the son of Satakarni/P.V. Parabrahma Sastry
- The Satavahanas in literature/S.B. Deo
- Greek and Latin texts on the Andhras/B.N. Mukherjee
- The Satavahana epoch: an ecological perspective/M.K. Dhavalikar
- Satavahana: Sata Vaz and Vaja-Sati/V.S. Pathak
- Suitability of Paithan as capital of the Satavahanas/D.N. Sinha
- The Satavahanas and the coastal Andhradesa: a chronological study/V. Sundara Rama Sastry
- The Satavahanas and the Chankam age/Raju Kalidos.
- II. Cultural Studies:
- Urban settlements in the Deccan and Satavahana history/Aloka Parashar Sen
- Commerce of Jammu under the Kushanas--possibility of Satavahana context analysed/Y.B. Singh
- Early Buddhist Monachism and its socio-economic implications/Himanshu Prabha Ray
- Hala and Nagarjuna/S.V. Sohoni
- Gunadhya and his Brihatkatha/Brahmanand Deshpande.
- Vol. II:
- I. Numismatics and Epigraphy:
- Satavahana coins in archaeological excavations/Parmeshwari Lal Gupta
- Satavahana coinage: origins and influences/Shobhana Gokhale
- Satavahana coins from Veerapuram and Vaddamanu excavations/M. Veerender and G. Maheshwari
- Bearing of the numismatic evidence on the Puranic sequence of the Satavahana Kings/Amiteshwar Jha
- A hoard of miniature copper coins from Amaravati/P.R.K. Prasad
- Pre-Satavahana phase at Amaravati-Dharanikota/P.R.K. Prasad
- New evidences on the early Satavahana coinage, culture and commerce/I.K. Sarma
- Ceramic seriation and chronology of early Satavahana coins/Sunil Gupta
- Coins of the feudatories and contemporaries of the Satavahanas/S.J. Mangalam
- Pitalkhora inscriptions: a reappraisal/S.K. Mittra
- Administrative divisions and place-names from Satavahana inscriptions found in Maharashtra: a case study/Malati Mahajan.
- II. Art and Archaeology:
- Forts of the Satavahana times/H.N. Singh
- Ports of the Satavahana period/K.P. Rao
- Satavahana antiquities from Adam/Amarendra Nath
- Structural temples under the Satavahanas/G.B. Deglurkar
- Satavahana Terracotta Art: with special reference to Ter/M.N. Deshpande
- A Satavahana Ivory Comb found in Hungary/Parmeshwari Lal Gupta.
- Ivory Comb found in Hungary/Parmeshwari Lal Gupta.