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Arthasastra of Kautalya (In 3 Volumes)

T. Ganapati Sastri (Editor) N.P. Unni (Translator)
Synopsis Shama Sastri discovered for the first time the most important political treatise of Kautalya called the Arthasastra and published it from Mysore in 1909 and later an English translation in 1915. Later R.P. Kangle brought out a fairly accurate translation based n fresh materials. T. Ganapati Sastri edited the text in the Trivandrum Sanskrit series, between 1924-25 with his own complete sanskrit commentary styled ‘Srimulam’ (in three volumes) using all the fragments of ancient Sanskrit commentaries as well as an old Malayalam commentary (though incomplete) of the 12th century A.D. F. Edgerton pronounced that “Ganpati Sastri’s edition with his own commentary is decidedly the best edition of that all important work”. M. Wnternitz observed that Ganpati Sastri “Sreemulam” is an indispensable help for every student of Arthasastra”. Dr. N.P. Unni who brought out a reprint with an elaborate introduction (In three volumes) in 1984 has now prepared this authentic English translation of the text.
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N.P. Unni

Dr. N.P. Unni (b. 1936) has the unique distinction of being the first candidate to be awarded a Ph.D. degree in Sanskrit by the University of Kerala. After a long teaching career in the Govt. Sanskrit College, Trivandrum, he joined the University of Kerala as Curator in the reputed Oriental Research Institute and Manuscripts Library. Later he became Reader in Sanskrit (1972) in the Dept. of Sanskrit and from 1979 onwards he served as Professor and Head of the Dept,; till 1996. Then he become the Vice Chancellor of the prestigious Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala for a period of four years. Dr. Unni has written/edited/commented/published/more than 35 books in the different fields of study like Classical literature, Dramas, and Tantra, Arthasastra, Kerala, history, Dramaturgy, Commentatorial literature, Literary criticism etc., etc. His magnum opus is an English translation with text and notes of the Natyasastra of Bharata in 4 volumes. He was awarded the Certificate of Honour by the President of India in 2001.

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Title Arthasastra of Kautalya (In 3 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183150349
length xxii+399p.; xii+400-827p.; lxxxiv+399p., 25cm.