Ramayana Book Two: Ayodhya / Edition 1

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Overview

The king decides to abdicate in favor of Rama; but just as the celebrations reach their climax, a court intrigue forces Rama and Sita into fourteen years banishment; they dutifully accept their fate, and go off to the jungle. The other brothers refuse to benefit from his misfortune, which leaves nobody to run the city; eventually one of them is persuaded to act as regent, but only consents to do so on condition that he lives outside the city and acts in Rama’s name.

“Ayódhya” is Book Two of Valmíki’s national Indian epic, The Ramáyana. The young hero Rama sets out willingly from the capital with wife and brother for a fourteen-year banishment, which will entail great suffering and further difficult choices in the books ahead. Of the seven books of this great Sanskrit epic, "Ayódhya" is the most human, and it remains one of the best introductions to the social and political values of traditional India.

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

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"A marvelous new venture. Modeled on the Loeb Library of Greek and Latin classics, the Clay Sanskrit Library presents masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry, drama, and prose in a dual language format... one of the most admirable publishing projects now afoot."
Tricycle magazine
"Very few collections of Sanskrit deep enough for research are housed anywhere in North America. Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs...a good place to experience some deeply human poetry."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"A handsome new series of dual-language Sanskrit texts.... . No effort has been spared to make these little volumes as attractive as possible to readers."
East-West Times
"The texts reflect the vibrant literary culture of the classical Sanskrit period, taking readers on an adventurous journey through the palaces and gardens of ancient India."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814767160
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Series: John Clay Sanskrit Library Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 652
  • Sales rank: 1,022,271
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheldon I. Pollock is the William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies and Chairman of the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of The Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern India and editor of Cosmopolitanism and Literary Cultures in History: Reconstructions from South Asia.

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