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History of Ancient India: Volume X: Literature and Literary Ideas, Religious and Philosophical Systems

Dilip K. Chakrabarti (Author) History of Ancient India

The multitude of major themes in the ancient Indian domains of literature, religion and philosophy makes it virtually impossible for a single volume to incorporate them, but here in the present volume some of the major issues have been clearly outlined with reference to their historical aspects. The essays on the major systems of Indian philosophy, history of Tamil literature, Bhakti movement in Tamil Nadu, and a well-defined study of aesthetics in Sanskrit literature are among the important highlights of this volume. The philosophical and literary discourse has been framed by a structural analysis of the Vedic literature and two firmly rooted narratives of the history of Pali literature. A brief but perceptive essay on the history of Hinduism adds additional lustre to this volume and is accompanied by notes on the archaeology of Hinduism and Buddhism. There is also a major essay on the textual connotation of Dharma in ancient India.




Editor’s Preface

1. The Corpus of Vedic Texts and Their Commentators
— Ratnabali Basu
2. Age of the Vedic Literature
— Ratnabali Basu
3. Bharatamuni’s Natyashastra and the Notions of Indian Aesthetics
— Radhavallabh Tripathi
4. History of Pali Literature 
— Aiswarya Biswas
5. An Outline of the History of Prakrit Canonical Literature
— J.R. Bhattacharya
6. History of Ancient Tamil Literature
— Nanditha Krishna
7. Historiography of Indian Philosophy: Some Reflections on Periodization and Conceptualization
— B. Devarakonda
8. A History of Indian Philosophy Since Earliest Times till AD 1300
— Arpita Mitra
9. History of Hinduism
— Nanditha Krishna
10. The Way of Divine Love: Bhakti Movement in Tamil Nadu
— Prema Nandakumar
11. Notes on the Archaeology of Hinduism and Buddhism
— D.K. Chakrabarti

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About the author

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Dilip K. Chakrabarti is currently Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Cambridge University. He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77). He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77), Delhi (1977-90), Visvabharati (1980-1) and Jahangirnagar (1988-90), before moving to Cambridge in 1990. He participated in a number of Indian excavations and did some fieldwork in Iran before 1980, but the major focus of his fieldwork since 1980 has been a series of surveys: Kangra Valley (1980), Chotanagpur plateau (1981-7), Bangladesh (1988-90), the Ganga-Yamuna plain from the mouth of the bhagirathi to the hills of Uttaranchal (1991-2001 and 2002-5), the routes linking the Ganga plain with the Deccan (1999-2002) and the ancient routs of the Deccan and the south (2004-6). He is perhaps the only archaeologist to have surveyed the Chotanagpur plateau as a whole. His historical geographic survey of the Ganga plain is the first survey of its kind after the nineteenth century surveys by Alexander Cunningham and his associates. He has also opened up the study of the ancient routes as a branch of enquiry in Indian archaeology. He has published widely on each of these areas and on a host of key issues of south Asian archaeology. India: An Archaeological History (2001), The Archaeology and Ancient Indian Cities (1995), Ancient Bangladesh (1992), and The Early Use of Iron in India (1992) are some of his works published by OUP. His forthcoming publication is Archaeological Geography of the Ganga Plain: The Upper Ganga (Oudh, Rohilkhand and the Doab).

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Bibliographic information

Title History of Ancient India: Volume X: Literature and Literary Ideas, Religious and Philosophical Systems
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.03.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173054891
length xii+354p., 28cm.