The Sanskrit Epics

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Mah bh rata (including Harivam a) and R m yan a, the two great Sanskrit Epics central to the whole of Indian Culture, form the subject of this new work.The book begins by examining the relationship of the epics to the Vedas and the role of the bards who produced them. The core of the work, a study of the linguistic and stylistic features of the epics, precedes the examination of the material culture, the social, economic and political aspects, and the religious aspects. The final chapter presents the wider picture and in conclusion even looks into the future of epic studies.In this long overdue survey work the author synthesizes the results of previous scholarship in the field. Herewith a coherent view is built up of the nature and the significance of these two central epics, both in themselves, and in relation to Indian culture as a whole.
 

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Contents

The Mahābhārata
3
The History of Epic Studies
41
Broader studies of the epics since the Critical
56
The Mahābhārata
82
etrics
130
The Mahābhārata
205
Ritual and other religious activity
232
The Harivamsa
322
The Rāmāyaṇa
398
The Rāmāyaṇa
441
Evolution
477
Influence on classical Sanskrit literature
484
Bibliography
527
Indices
559
General Index
571
Copyright

The Rāmāyaṇa
345

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Page 548 - Valmiki, in the original Sungskrit, with a Prose Translation and explanatory notes, by William Carey and Joshua Marshman. Vol. i, containing the first book, Serampore, 1806, 4to, pp.

About the author (1998)

John Brockington, D.Phil. (1968), Oxford, is Reader and Head of the Department of Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the epics and on the history of Hinduism (The Sacred Thread, Hinduism and Christianity).