|Most of the Prakrit inscriptions were written in the Brahmi script. However some, in the northwest, were written in Kharosthi.|
|The deciphering of Kharosthi script was facilitated by find of coins of Indo-Greek kings who ruled over the area during 2nd to 1st BC. These coins contain the names of kings written in Greek and Kharoshti scripts.|
|European scholars who could read Greek script compared the letters of Greek and Kharosthi.|
|For example, the symbol for "a" could be found in both scripts for writing names such as Apollodotus. Thus comparison with the Greek script helped in deciphering of Kharosthi.|
|In 1830s James Prinsep identified the language of the Kharosthi inscriptions as Prakrit and thus it became possible to read longer inscriptions also.|
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