Five Discourses of Worldly Wisdom

Five Discourses of Worldly Wisdom

by Patrick Olivelle
     
 

The king despairs of his idle sons, so he hires a learned brahmin who promises to make their lessons in statecraft unmissable. The lessons are disguised as short stories, featuring mainly animal protagonists. Many of these narratives have traveled across the world, and are known in the West as Aesop’s fables.

Co-published by New York University Press and

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Overview

The king despairs of his idle sons, so he hires a learned brahmin who promises to make their lessons in statecraft unmissable. The lessons are disguised as short stories, featuring mainly animal protagonists. Many of these narratives have traveled across the world, and are known in the West as Aesop’s fables.

Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814762080
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Clay Sanskrit Library Series
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Bk. IOn causing dissension among allies57
On causing dissension among allies57
The monkey that pulled the wedge66
The jackal that tried to eat a drum96
The adventures of an ascetic106
The ascetic and the rogue106
How the battling rams killed the greedy jackal108
A weaver cuts the nose of a bawd110
How the crows killed the snake122
The crab cuts off the heron's head124
The hare that outwitted the lion132
How the louse got killed trying to be nice to a bug152
How the lion's servants got the camel killed178
How the sandpiper defeated the ocean192
The turtle and the geese194
The fate of three fish : farsighted, quick-witted, and inevitable196
The bird that tried to advise a monkey218
Two friends and betrayed trust224
How the mongooses ate the heron's chicks230
The iron-eating mice236
Bk. IIOn securing allies251
The ascetic and the mouse282
The woman who traded sesame for sesame286
How the greedy jackal died eating a bowstring288
How Chitranga got caught in a trap334
Bk. IIIOn war and peace : the crows and the owls353
The ass in a leopard's skin374
The owl is elected king of birds376
The hare bluffs the elephant378
Partridge and hare take their case to the cat392
How the rogues tricked the brahmin404
The old merchant and his young wife416
The thief, the ogre, and the brahmin418
How the unfaithful wife tricked her foolish husband424
The mouse that turned into a girl430
Frogs go for a ride on the back of a snake448
Bk. IVOn losing what you have gained473
The ass without ears or a heart492
Bk. VOn hasty actions503
Building castles in the air506
The barber who killed the monks514

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