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Published: 03 August 2009

368 Pages

5 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199555338

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The Law Code of Manu

Translated by Patrick Olivelle

Oxford World's Classics

  • The translation is based on the first ever critical edition of the text, established by the translator, to be published by OUP New York.
  • The Law Code of Manu is the most authoritative and best-known legal text of ancient India.
  • The introduction argues for the unitary authorship of the text and explores the social, political, and economic context within which it was produced. It also analyses the structure of the Code for the first time.
  • The copious notes explain the text and compare it to other legal codes of ancient India.
  • Four appendices explain the flora and fauna, personal and place names, ritual vocabulary, weights, measures, and currency used in the Code.
  • Patrick Olivelle is the foremost scholar of ancient Indian texts and award-winning translator of the Upanisads in Oxford World's Classics.