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The Dharmasutras: The Law Codes of Apastamba, Gautama, Baudhayana, and Vasistha (Oxford World's Classics)

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The Dharmasutras are the four surviving written works of the ancient Indian tradition on the subject of dharma, or the rules of behavior 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 such subjects as the education of the young, rites of passage, marriage and marital rights, the proper interaction between different social groups, sins and their expiations, institutions for the pursuit of holiness, crimes and punishments, death and ancestral rites. In short, 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 the Dharmasutras for over a century, Patrick Olivelle uses the same lucid and elegant style as in his award-winning translation of the Upanisads and incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian law, society, and religion. Complex material is helpfully organized, making this the ideal edition for the non-specialist as well as for students of Indian society and religion.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. xiv-xx) and index.

About the Author

Patrick Olivelle is Chair and Director of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He translated and edited Upanishads is World's Classics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192838827
Subtitle:
The Law Codes of Ancient India
Editor:
Olivelle, Patrick
Translator:
Olivelle, Patrick
Editor:
Olivelle, Patrick
Author:
Olivelle, Patrick
Author:
null, Patrick
Translator:
Olivelle, Patrick
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford :
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Sources
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Hinduism
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Paperback
Series Volume:
99-1
Publication Date:
19991028
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
plates
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
5 x 7.7 x 0.8 in 0.738 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Law » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Indian Philosophy
Religion » Eastern Religions » Indian Scriptures

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