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Rig Veda

Rig Veda

A Metrically Restored Text with an Introduction and Notes

Barend Van Nooten, Gary Holland

ISBN 9780674769717

Publication date: 02/07/1995

This new edition of the Rgveda, the oldest Indian text in archaic Sanskrit, is the first to present the text (in Roman characters) in its original metrical arrangement and in a form that most closely approximates the pronunciation of the time of its composition. Nevertheless, as all the restorations deviating from the received traditional Samhita text are printed in italics, the traditional text can easily be reconstituted without reference to other editions. This had been sought for over a hundred years, yet a systematic restoration of the whole text has never before been attempted. Added is a study of the meters found in the text, their patterns and anomalies, and an appendix with a detailed discussion of each metrically problematic line.

Book Details

  • 700 pages
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • Harvard University Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies