Vincent Arthur Smith

Smith, Vincent Arthur


Born June 3, 1848, in Dublin, Ireland; died Feb. 6, 1920, in Oxford. British indologist. Author of studies on the history, numismatics, epigraphy, art, and culture of ancient and medieval India.

Of particular interest are Smith’s works on the Sakas, Kush-ans, and Vakatakas, which have contributed much to knowledge of the history of India during the first millennium A.D. In The Early History of India, Smith systematized and summarized the material on the ancient and early medieval periods that had accumulated by the early 20th century. His short Oxford History of India is also well known.


The Early History of India From 600 B.C. to the Muhammadan Conquest, Including the Invasion of Alexander the Great, 4th ed. Oxford, 1924.
The Oxford History of India, 2nd ed. Oxford [1928].
Asoka, the Buddhist Emperor of India, 3rd ed. Oxford, 1920.
Catalogue of the Coins in the Indian Museum, Calcutta, Including the Cabinet ofthe Asiatic Society of Bengal, vol. 1. Oxford, 1906.
A History of Fine A rt in India and Ceylon, 2nd ed. Oxford, 1930.
Akbar the Great Mogul, 1542–1605, 2nd ed. Oxford, 1919. [23–1829–]