he Law Codes of Apastamba, Gautama, Baudhayana and Vasistha

ISBN: 9788120817395

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Subject: Polity, Economics and Sociology

Language: English

Binding: Hard Back

Pages: 785

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

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About Book:

The Dharmasutras are the four surviving works of the ancient Indian expert tradition on the subject of dharma, or the rules of behaviour a community recognizes as binding on its members. Written in a pithy and aphoristic style and representing the culmination of a long tradition of scholarship, the Dharmasutras record intense disputes and divergent views on a wide variety of religious and social issues. These unique documents give us a glimpse of how people, especially Brahmin males, were ideally expected to live their lives within an ordered and hierarchically arranged society. In this first English translation of these documents for over a century, Patrick Olivelle uses the same lucid and elegant style of his award-winning translation of the Upanisads and incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian law, society and religion. The fresh editions of the Sanskrit texts present new manuscript material, variants recorded in medieval commentaries and legal digests, and emendations suggested by philologists.


About Author:

Patrick Olivelle is an Indologist. A philologist and scholar of Sanskrit Literature whose work has focused on asceticismrenunciation and the dharma, Olivelle has been Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin since 1991.

Olivelle was born in Sri Lanka. He received a B.A. (Honours) in 1972 from the University of Oxford, where he studied SanskritPali and Indian religions with Thomas Burrow and R.C. Zaehner. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 for a thesis containing the critical edition and translation of Yadava Prakasa's Yatidharmaprakasa under the supervision of Ludo Rocher. Between 1974 and 1991 Olivelle taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

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