Manus Code of Law: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Manava-Dharmasastra

Hardcover | September 15, 2004

byPatrick Olivelle, Suman Olivelle

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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 tothe 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 clearlyinferior 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, alongwith 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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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 tothe price of a ferry trip for a pregnant woman...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1142 pages, 6.5 × 9.29 × 2.2 inPublished:September 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195171462

ISBN - 13:9780195171464

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"Patrick Olivelle has done yeomen service to the cause of modern research in Sanskrit and Indology. Olivelle's erudition and non-judmental attitude is clearly evident."--The Hindu