Lost 18th century Sanskrit grammar manuscript by Jesuit missionary found in Italy

A Sanskrit grammar manuscript of grammarian, lexicographer and philologist Arnos Padre, which had been lost for over two centuries, was found in an Italian monastery recently.

The manuscript, Grammatica Grandonica, written by the Jesuit missionary Fr. Johann Ernst Hanxleden, popularly known as Arnos Padre, three centuries ago, is considered as one of the earliest missionary grammars in Sanskrit.

Toon Van Hal, a Belgian scholar and professor at the Centre for the History of Linguistics, Leuven University, traced the lost manuscript to the Convento di San Silvestro, a Carmelite monastery in Monte Compatri in the Province of Rome.

Christopher Vielle, a Luxembourg scholar who is conducting a study on Arnos Padre's manuscript, said Grammatica Grandonica bore a considerable influence on Sidharubam— the first Sanskrit grammar ever printed in Europe (1790).

Professor Ville and European Indologist Jean Claude Muller, who visited the St. Francis Xavier France Church, Velur, near Thrissur, founded by Arnos Padre, were on a mission to publish Grammatica Grandonica.

They came to India to participate in the International Sanskrit Conference held in New Delhi recently.......Read More



Source: The Hindu

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