Manu's Code of Law

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Religion - 1131 pages
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Manu's Code of Law is one of the most important texts in the Sanskrit canon, indeed one of the most important surviving texts from any classical civilization. It paints an astoundingly detailed picture of ancient Indian life-covering everything from the constitution of the king's cabinet to the price of a ferry trip for a pregnant woman-and its doctrines have been central to Indian thought and practice for 2000 years. Despite its importance, however, until now no one has produced a critical edition of this text. As a result, for centuries scholars have been forced to accept clearly inferior editions of Sanskrit texts and to use those unreliable editions as the basis for constructing the history of classical India. In this volume, Patrick Olivelle has assembled the critical text of Manu, including a critical apparatus containing all the significant manuscript variants, along with a reliable and readable translation, copious explanatory notes, and a comprehensive introduction on the structure, content, and socio-political context of the treatise. The result is an outstanding scholarly achievement that will be an essential tool for any serious student of India.
  

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Contents

Note on the Translation
71
Editors Outline
77
Chapter 1
87
Chapter 2
94
Chapter 3
108
Chapter 4
124
Chapter 5
138
Chapter 6
148
Chapter 4
493
Chapter 5
558
Chapter 6
594
613
668
Chapter 9
746
Chapter 10
810
Chapter 11
837
Chapter 12
889

Chapter 7
154
Chapter 8
167
Chapter 9
190
Chapter 10
208
Chapter 11
215
Chapter 12
230
Notes to the Translation
237
Introduction to the Critical Edition
353
Chapter 1
383
Chapter 2
403
Chapter 3
447
Notes to the Critical Edition
914
Appendices
983
Fauna and Flora
985
Names of Gods People and Places
988
Ritual Vocabulary
993
Weights Measures and Currency
997
Bibliography
999
Dharmasastric Parallels
1009
Pada Index
1035
Index to the Translation
1112
Copyright

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Patrick Olivelle is Alma Cowden Madden Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts and Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions at the University of Texas at Austin. His translations of the Upanishads, the Dharmasutras, and the Pancatantra all appear in the Oxford World's Classics series.

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