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The name Asoka is given here in its Sanskrit form Aśoka or अशोक and Anglicized as Ashoka. There are two problems here. First the man did not speak or use Sanskrit in any of his inscriptions. All indications are that his language was a North Eastern Middle-Indic language or Prakrit. He himself would have pronounced it Asoka or असोक. The principle texts that record his life other than his own Prakrit inscription are all in Pāḷi, another Middle-Indic language, which also spells it Asoka. So the use of Sanskrit here is ahistorical and anachronistic. Secondly, the name Asoka was associated with him while he was still a kumāra or prince. Once crowned rāja (or lāja in his own language) he used the name Piyadasi (Pāḷi Piyadassi) or the epithet Devānaṃpiya. He was Prince Asoka or King Piyadasi, but never King Asoka. See for example, Harry Falk's article on the edict preamble at Panguraria: Jayarava (talk) 08:32, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Good point - you can try a move request. People may opposite it on WP:COMMONNAME grounds, though. A large number of scholars (including Henry Falk in the above link) use Aśoka or Ashoka in their writings. utcursch | talk 14:35, 15 July 2016 (UTC)


Ashoka is not how you spell his name. It should be either Asoka or Aśoka. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:45, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Should the article be protected against anonymous editing?[edit]

@JimRenge: and others, i have seen a considerable amount of vandalism edits on this article. Is it possible to protect the article against anonymous or not-confirmed editors?--S Khemadhammo (talk) 13:34, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

You can request semi-protection here. JimRenge (talk) 14:55, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
@JimRenge:, thanks. I've requested so now.--S Khemadhammo (talk) 08:34, 19 January 2017 (UTC)