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Background

The period of Prakrits and Classical Sanskrit (dates are approximate):
750 B.C.:
Gradual emergence of post-vedic Sanskrit
500 B.C.:
Prakrit texts of Buddhists and Jains originate (Eastern India)
400 B.C.:
Panini composes his Sanskrit grammar (Western India), reflecting transition from Vedic to Paninian Sanskrit
322 B.C.:
Brahmi script inscriptions by Mauryas in Prakrit (Pali)
250 B.C.:
Classical Sanskrit emerges.
100 B.C.-100 A.D.:
Sanskrit gradually replaces Prakrit in inscriptions.
320 A.D.:
The Gupta or Siddha-matrika script emerges.
 
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