The Date of the Sogdian Ancient Letters

@article{Henning1948TheDO,
  title={The Date of the Sogdian Ancient Letters},
  author={W. B. Henning},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  year={1948},
  volume={12},
  pages={601 - 615}
}
  • W. Henning
  • Published 1 October 1948
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The Sogdian “Ancient Letters”, no doubt one of the most important of Sir Aurel Steins many finds, have been attributed to the middle of the second century of our era, on the strength of archaeological evidence (Serindia, ii, 671 sqq.). Their editor, H. Reichelt, expressed a mild doubt (Die Soghdischen Handschriftenreste des Britischen Museums, ii, p. 6), and so did Pelliot in his review of Reichelts edition (Toung Pao, xxviii, 1931, 457–463). If the date originally proposed by Sir Aurel Stein… 

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