King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India: Kautilyas Arthasastra

Paperback | May 3, 2016

byPatrick Olivelle

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King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India presents an English translation of Kautilya's Arthasastra (AS.) along with detailed endnotes. When it was discovered around 1905, the AS. was described as perhaps the most precious work in the whole range of Sanskrit literature, an assessment thatstill rings true. Patrick Olivelle's new translation of this significant text, the first in close to half a century, takes into account a number of important advances in our knowledge of the texts, inscriptions, and archeological and art historical remains from the period in Indian history to whichthe AS. belongs.The AS. is what we would today call a scientific treatise. It codifies a body of knowledge handed down in expert traditions and is specifically interested in two things: first, how a king can expand his territory, keep enemies at bay, enhance his external power, and amass riches; second, how a kingcan best organize his state bureaucracy to consolidate his internal power, to suppress internal enemies, to expand the economy, to enhance his treasury through taxes, duties, and entrepreneurial activities, to keep law and order, and to settle disputes among his subjects. The AS. stands alone: thereis nothing like it before and there is nothing like it after.

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King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India presents an English translation of Kautilya's Arthasastra (AS.) along with detailed endnotes. When it was discovered around 1905, the AS. was described as perhaps the most precious work in the whole range of Sanskrit literature, an assessment thatstill rings true. Patrick Olivelle's new transl...

Patrick Olivelle is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:784 pagesPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190644125

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"The Arthasastra is a work of exceptional importance for understanding the history of classical India. Olivelle's careful, painstaking, and transparent translation of Kautilya's great treatise is an exceptional work as well, and an outstanding contribution to the field of Indian studies." --H-Net Reviews