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A History of Sanskrit Literature (English + Sanskrit)
by Arthur Berriedale Keith      (Author ALERT)

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ProductID: 25667 - Hardcover - 575 Pages (Year: 2007)
Motilal Banarsidass ~ ISBN: 9788120809796

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Taken in conjunction with my Sanskrit Drama, this work covers the field of Classical Sanskrit Literature as opposed to the Vedic Literature, the epics, and the Puranas. To bring the subject-matter within the limits of a single volume has rendered it necessary to treat the scientific literature briefly, and to avoid discussions of its subject-matter which appertains rather to the historian of grammar, philosophy, law, medicine, astronomy, or mathematics, than to the literary historian. The mode of treatment has rendered it possible, for the first time in any treatise in English on Sanskrit Literature, to pay due attention to the literary qualities of the Kavya.

It is in the great writers of Kavya along, headed by Kalidasa that we find an in-depth feeling for life and nature matched with perfection of expression and rhythm. The Kavya literature includes some of the great poetry of the world.

The contents include: The Origin of Sanskrit, the Origin and Development of Kavya Literature, Kalidasa, Bharavi, Historical Kavya, Lyric Poetry, the Didactic Fables, the Brhatkatha, the Great Romances, Theories of Poetry, Lexicography and Matrices, the Beginnings of Grammatical Study, Dharmasastras, the Science of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Medicine, Astronomy, Astrology and Mathematics and many more topics of vital interest.

 Table of Contents

Kumaralata and the early Kavya, Sanskrit, and Prakrit
Kalidasa’s Date and Place of Birth
Greek and Indian Fables
The Dramas of Bhasa
Dandin and the Avantisundarikatha
The Authenticity of the Arthacastra
The Dates of the Philosophical Systems
Medical Fragments from Turkestan
The Indian Origin of the Numerals
Sanskrit as a vernacular

I. Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Apabhranca.

II. The Origin and Development of Kavya Literature
III. Aevaghosa and Early Buddhist Kavya
IV. Kalidasa and the Guptas
V. Bharavi, Bhatti, Kumaradasa, and Magha
VI. The Lesser Epic Poets
VII. Historical Kavya
VIII. Bhartrhari, Amaru, Bilhana, and Jayadeva
IX. Lyric Poetry and the Anthologies
X. Gnomic and Didactic Poetry
XI. The Didactic Fable
XII. The Brhatkatha and its Descendants
XIII. The Romantic and the Didactic Tale
XIV. The Great Romances
XV. The later Romances and the Campus
XVI. The Aims and Achievement of Sanskrit Poetry
XVII. The West and Indian Literature
XVIII. Theories of Poetry

XIX. The Origin and Characteristics of the Scientific Literature
XX. Lexicography and Metrics
XXI. Grammar
XXII. Civil and Religious Law (Dharmacastra)
XXIII. The Science of Politics and Practical Life (Artha-castra, Niticastra)
XXIV. The Science of Love (Kamacastra)
XXV. Philosophy and Religion
XXVI. Medicine
XXVII. Astronomy, Astrology, and Mathematics

English Index
Sanskrit Index


 About the Author

ARTHUR BERRIEDALE KEITH (1879-1944), an eminent authority on Sanskrit language and literature, was born at Portobello, Edinburgh on 5 April 1879. After a brilliant academic career at Edinburgh and Balliol College, Oxford where he studied classics, Sanskrit and Pali, he entered the British Civil Service in 1901. In 1904, he was called to the bar at Inner Temple. Though better known for his deep study of Sanskrit language and literature, Keith also had a deep understanding of law. In 1914, he joined the University of Edinburgh as a Regius Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology and from 1922 he concurrently held the lectureship in the Constitution of the British Empire. Apart from being a member of the Committee on Home Administration of Indian Affairs (1919), he was also a member of a number of important Commissions. He died in Edinburgh on 6 October 1944. Arthur Berriedale Keith’s contributions on Sanskrit language and literature are diverse and are marked by a deep understanding of the obstruse subjects as is evident from his books and many articles in learned journals and translations of ancient Sanskrit Texts. His History of Sanskrit Literature, Sanskrit Drama, Classical Sanskrit Literature, Religion and Philosophy of the Veda and Upanishads, Samkhya System: A History of the Samkhya Philosophy, Responsible Government in the Dominions apart from the translations of the Karma-Mimamsa, Aitareya Aranyaka, Sankhayana Aranyaka and Mythology of All Raees: Indian and Iranian (jointly with Albert J Carony) and Vedic Index of Names and Subjects (jointly with A A Macdonell) bear testimony to his deep scholarship.


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