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The Subhāṣitaratnakoṣa

The Subhāṣitaratnakoṣa

Edited by D. D. Kosambi and V. V. Gokhale

ISBN 9780674853805

Publication date: 01/01/1957

This edition of the Sanskrit text of the Subhāṣitaratnakoṣa—in the editors’ opinion the oldest known general anthology of Sanskrit verse—is the result of years of work deciphering and comparing the five different versions to arrive at a complete and reliable text. The editors’ aim has been to restore, as far as the sources permit, the text compiled by Vidyākara somewhere between A.D. 1100 and 1130. In the absence of written records from the period, studies such as this one are invaluable as sources of information about the literary and cultural history of eleventh century India, especially about Sanskrit poets, and also about the changes of ideas since the eleventh century as they have affected the versions compiled since Vidyākara’s. Included with the complete Sanskrit text and footnotes to the stanzas is an introductory section in which D. D. Kosambi discusses in detail the various versions in existence, the cultural background, and the authors and sources of individual verses.

Book Details

  • 416 pages
  • 6 x 9-1/2 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • Compiled by Vidyākara