The Arthasastra: Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft

The Arthasastra: Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft

by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.

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The Arthasastra: Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.

The only extant treatise on statecraft from classical India, the Arthsastra is an invaluable resource for understanding ancient South Asian political thought; it also provides a comprehensive and unparalleled panoramic view of Indian society during the period between the Maurya (320-185 BCE) and Gupta (320-497 CE) empires.

This volume offers modern English translations of key selections, organized thematically, from the Arthasastra. A general Introduction briefly traces the arc of ancient South Asian history, explains the classical Indian tradition of statecraft, and discusses the origins and importance of the Arthasastra. Thorough explanatory essays and notes set each excerpt in its intellectual, political, and cultural contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603848497
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Series: Hackett Classics Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 717,446
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark McClish is Assistant Professor of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College.

Patrick Olivelle is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin.

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James Frey

McClish and Olivelle's general Introduction to the Arthasastra is destined to become a classic in the field of South Asian studies; they have translated the text itself in an accessible style that students and general readers alike will comprehend and enjoy.
—James Frey (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh)

Timothy Lubin

The translations are the collaborative product of the two leading authorities today on the Arthasastra...Their work is consistently, meticulously accurate throughout, yet written in the most straightforward and direct manner imaginable. The material prefatory to each translated section is, again, clear and accessible...Complex matters are effectively distilled in plain language, and the key issues brought out. Superb on all counts. I have been awaiting such a volume for a long time.
—Timothy Lubin (Washington and Lee University)

Randolph C. Head

McClish and Olivelle's general Introduction to the Arthasastra is destined to become a classic in the field of South Asian studies; they have translated the text itself in an accessible style that students and general readers alike will comprehend and enjoy.
—James Frey (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh)

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