One hundred and fifty thousand were deported, one hundred thousand were killed and many more died (from other causes).After the Kalingas had been conquered, Beloved-of-the-Gods came to feel a strong inclination towards the Dhamma, a love for the Dhamma and for instruction in Dhamma.In the western part of India, the language used is closer to Sanskrit, using the Kharoshthi script, one extract of Edict 13 in the Greek language, and one bilingual edict written in Greek and Aramaic.The Ashoka inscriptions represent the first tangible evidence of Buddhism."The Greek king by the name of Antiokos"), beyond whom live the four other kings: "Param ca tena Atiyokena cature 4 rajani Turamaye nama Amtikini nama Maka nama Alikasudaro nama" (lit."And beyond Antiochus, four kings by the name of Ptolemy, the name of Antigonos, the name of Magas, the name Alexander." It is not clear in Hellenic records whether these Buddhist emissaries were actually received, or had any influence on the Hellenic world.Important inscriptions include the 33 inscriptions of emperor Ashoka on the Pillars of Ashoka (272 to 231 ), the Hathigumpha inscription, the Rabatak inscription, the Kannada Halmidi inscription, and the Tamil copper-plate inscriptions. These inscriptions have been found in over 35 locations throughout the areas of modern-day Pakistan and northern India, near towns, trade routes and religious centers.
More than 55% of the epigraphical inscriptions found by the Archaeological Survey of India in India are in Tamil language.Many of the inscriptions are couched in extravagant language, but when the information gained from inscriptions can be corroborated with information from other sources such as oral histories and existing monuments or ruins, inscriptions provide insight into India's dynastic history that otherwise lacks contemporary historical records.The earliest traces of epigraphy in South Asia are etched in Tamil Brahmi, an early variant of the Brahmi script used to write Tamil characters, onto stones and potsherds found in Sri Lanka, dating to c.the sixth century , engraved on the faces of cliffs, on pillars, on tablets of stone, drawn in caves and on rocks, some gouged into the bedrock.Later inscriptions were also made on palm leaves, coins, copper plates, and on temple walls.