The Mahabharata

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A new selection from the national epic of India

Originally composed in Sanskrit sometime between 400 BC and 400 AD, The Mahabharata-with one hundred thousand stanzas of verse-is one of the longest poems in existence. At the heart of the saga is a conflict between two branches of a royal family whose feud culminates in a titanic eighteen-day battle. Exploring such timeless subjects as dharma (duty), artha (purpose), and kama (pleasure) in a mythic world of warfare, magic, and ...

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Overview

A new selection from the national epic of India

Originally composed in Sanskrit sometime between 400 BC and 400 AD, The Mahabharata-with one hundred thousand stanzas of verse-is one of the longest poems in existence. At the heart of the saga is a conflict between two branches of a royal family whose feud culminates in a titanic eighteen-day battle. Exploring such timeless subjects as dharma (duty), artha (purpose), and kama (pleasure) in a mythic world of warfare, magic, and beauty, this is a magnificent and legendary Hindu text of immense importance to the culture of the Indian subcontinent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140446814
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Language: Sanskrit
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 309,863
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J. D. Smith spent nine years as a lecturer in Sanskrit at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies before moving to Cambridge University, where he is an emeritus reader of Sanskrit.
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Table of Contents

The Mahabharata Preface
Pronunciation of Sanskrit
Introduction

The Mahabharata

1. Beginnings
2. The Hall
3. The Forest
4. Virata
5. Perseverance
6. Bhisma
7. Drona
8. Karna
9. Salya
10. The Night-raid
11. The Women
12. Tranquillity
13. Instruction
14. The Horse Sacrifice
15. The Hermitage
16. The Clubs
17. The Great Journey
18. The Ascent to Heaven

Variant Readings Adopted
Key to Names and Glossary
Further Reading
Map: The India of the Mahabharata
Genealogical Tables
Index

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