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The Law Code of Manu

ISBN : 9780199555338

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¥2,376
Author: 
Patrick Olivelle
Pages
368 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
130 x 196 mm
Pub date
Apr 2009
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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Manu was seated, when the great seers came up to him: "Please, Lord, tell us the Laws of all the social classes, as well as of those born in between..."'

The Law Code of Manu is the most authoritative and the best-known legal text of ancient India. Famous for two thousand years it still generates controversy, with Manu's verses being cited in support of the oppression of women and members of the lower castes. A seminal Hindu text, the Law Code is important for its classic description of so many social institutions that have come to be identified with Indian society. It deals with the relationships between social and ethnic groups, between men and women, the organization of the state and the judicial system, reincarnation, the workings of karma, and all aspects of the law. Patrick Olivelle's lucid translation is the first to be based on his critically edited text, and it incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian history, law, society, and religion.

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About the author: 

Translated by Patrick Olivelle, Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions, University of Texas at Austin

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