Disputatio:Piodasses

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I would suggest using the attested Greek name Piodasses (cf. Index regum Indiae). I know I tend not to win this sort of debate, beause people want the name to be recognizable. But so far as I know Asokus is unattested, whereas Piodasses, corressponding to Pali Piyadasī and Sanskrit Priyadarśin, absolutely is. In any case, in antiquity at least, Male Indo-Iranian names ending in -a almost invariably end up being Hallenized/Latinized in -ēs (historical affinities with the Latin second declension notwithstanding) --Iustinus (disputatio) 18:48, 6 Augusti 2012 (UTC)[reply]

At the very least that name should be mentioned here even if we keep the Latinized Sanskrit, so I've put "Piodasses" into the first sentence. Do we have a Latin source for it as well as Greek? A. Mahoney (disputatio) 12:05, 7 Augusti 2012 (UTC)[reply]
Seems unlikely, since this is not in a transmitted Greek text (of which there would at least be an early modern Latin translation) but an inscription that has perhaps never been translated into Latin at all. However, in favour of Piodasses, it must be the official Greek form of his own official name, as it appears in various languages in the whole series of these inscriptions (most often it's Priyadarśī, but the Greek is evidently closer to the Pali/Prakrit than the Sanskrit). Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 16:08, 7 Augusti 2012 (UTC)[reply]
I generally consider anything that occurs in ancient Greek fair game. --Iustinus (disputatio) 18:06, 7 Augusti 2012 (UTC)[reply]
And yeah, funny the Aramaic spelling is פרידארש, suggesting something like Priyadarš, obviously derived from the Sanskrit form. --Iustinus (disputatio) 05:23, 8 Augusti 2012 (UTC)[reply]
Here are three instances of Piodasses in a Latin context: two which seem to be modern translations of the Aramaic, and one index entry. I would support a move to Piodasses. Lesgles (disputatio) 17:02, 16 Iunii 2014 (UTC)[reply]
Now that we know the name has been used in Latin, I favour it too. Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 17:52, 16 Iunii 2014 (UTC)[reply]
I agree -- and have made the change, assuming "Piodasses, -is" is 3rd declension. A. Mahoney (disputatio) 19:05, 16 Iunii 2014 (UTC)[reply]