Short Sumary of The Asiatic Society – HIstory Essay
The Asiatic Society began as an idea by Warren Hastings for the British to become more efficient rulers of India by becoming more familiar with the geography,
culture and history. Founded in 1784 by Sir William Jones, the Asiatic Society’s goal was to learn as much as possible about the religious and cosmological texts of India’s past.
The most noted accomplishment of the Asiatic Society was the discovery of a link between British and Indian linguistics. Sanskrit, Latin and Greek according to Sir William Jones all “sprung from a common source.” Jones and his successors also stated that India had a past comparable to that of Greece or Rome, and went as far as to say that Hinduism was a great religion, rich with ancient wisdom.