A New Publication on the Date and Historiography of the Buddha's Decease (nirvāṉa): a Review Article

@article{Ruegg1999ANP,
  title={A New Publication on the Date and Historiography of the Buddha's Decease (nirvāṉa): a Review Article},
  author={David Seyfort Ruegg},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  year={1999},
  volume={62},
  pages={82 - 87}
}
  • D. S. Ruegg
  • Published 1 January 1999
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The date of the demise, or (Mahapāri)Nirvāṉa, of the historical Buddha Śākyamuni is one of the key chronological markers in early Indian history, one which has therefore been of pivotal importance to modern scholarship on ancient India. Whilst the dates of the conquest of Gandhāara and Sindh by the Achaemenid empire and the dates of Alexander's campaigns in the subcontinent are among the very oldest established for the history of north-western India, that of the Nirvāna of the Buddha has long…