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Olivelle, Patrick

Overview
Works: 140 works in 607 publications in 3 languages and 19,573 library holdings
Genres: History  Sacred works  Poetry  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographical poetry  Religious poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sacred books  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Honoree, Other, Creator
Classifications: BL1124.52, 294.59218
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Patrick Olivelle
The āśrama system : the history and hermeneutics of a religious institution by Patrick Olivelle( )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 2,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the Asrama system, a Hindu construct consisting of four legitimate ways of leading a religious life. The author traces its early history and explains how Asrama gradually established connections with other Hindu religious institutions to emerge as a central tenet of the Hindu dharma
Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads : Hindu scriptures on asceticism and renunciation by Patrick Olivelle( )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Note on the TranslationINTRODUCTION1. The Samnyasa Upanisads2. Renunciation and Society: The Inner Conflict of Tradition3. The Nature and Purpose of Renunciation4. The Rite of Renunciation5. The Classifications of Renouncers6. The Behavior and Customs of RenouncersTRANSLATIONS1. Aruni Upanisad2-3. Laghu-Samnyasa Upanisad and Kundika Upanisad4. Kathasruti Upanisad5. Paramahamsa Upanisad6. Jabala Upanisad7. Brahma Upanisad8. Asrama Upanisad9. Maitreya Upanisad10. Naradaparivrajaka Upanisad11. Nirvana Upanisad12. Bhiksuka Upanisad13. Turiyatitavadhuta Upanisad14. Brhat-Samnyasa Upanisad15. Parama
Religion and identity in South Asia and beyond : essays in honor of Patrick Olivelle by Steven E Lindquist( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together sixteen articles on the religions, literatures and histories of South and Central Asia in tribute to Patrick Olivelle, one of North America's leading Sanskritists and historians of early India. An exceptionally prolific scholar, Olivelle's best-known works include 'Manu's Code of Law (2005), 'The Early Upanisads' (1998) and 'The Āśrama System' (1993). Over the last four decades, the focus of his scholarship has been on the ascentic and legal traditions of India, but his work as both a researcher and a teacher extends beyond early Indian religion and literature. [Title] is a testament to that influence. The contributions in this volume, many by former students of Olivelle, are committed to linguistic and historical rigor, combined with sensitivity to how the study of Asia has been changing over the last few decades. Several of the essays examine the construction of religious and cultural identity (whether among Brahmins, Buddhists, Dalits, or Muslims), while others are concerned particularly with problems of historical reconstruction and textual interpretation."--P [4] of cover
Manu's code of law : a critical edition and translation of the Manava-Dharmasastra by Manu( )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Sanskrit and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Law 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 which 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."--Jacket
Dharmasūtras : the law codes of Āpastamba, Gautama, Baudhāyana, and Vasiṣṭha by Patrick Olivelle( )

31 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 1,596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The law codes of ancient India"--Cover
Pañcatantra : the book of India's folk wisdom by Patrick Olivelle( )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 'Pañcatantra' is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. It teaches the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of animal tales
Language, texts, and society explorations in ancient Indian culture and religion by Patrick Olivelle( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection brings together the research papers of Patrick Olivelle, published over a period of about ten years. The unifying theme of these studies is the search for historical context and developments hidden within words and texts
Ascetics and Brahmins : studies in ideologies and institutions by Patrick Olivelle( )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together a variety of Patrick Olivelle's papers on Indian ascetical institutions and ideologies that have been published over the past thirty or so years. Asceticism represents a major strand in the religious and cultural history of India, providing some of the most creative elements within Indian religions and philosophies. Most of the major religions, such as Buddhism, Jainism, and the religious philosophies both within these new religions and in the Brahmanical tradition, were created by world-renouncing ascetics. Ascetical institutions and ideologies developed in a creative tension with other religious institutions that stressed the centrality of family, procreation and society, and it is this tension that has articulated many of the central features of Indian religion and culture. The papers collected in this volume seek to locate Indian ascetical traditions within their historical, political and ideological contexts."-- [Résumé de l'éditeur]
The early Upanisads : annotated text and translation by Patrick Olivelle( )

20 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Sanskrit and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition of the early "Upanisads", the central scriptures of Hinduism, includes the complete Sanskrit text, as well as scholarly emendations and explanations of Patrick Olivelle's choices of particular readings. The volume also contains a concordance of the recensions of Brhadaranyaka Upanisad
A dharma reader : classical Indian law by Patrick Olivelle( )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Dharma Reader traces the definition, epistemology, procedure, and process of Indian law from the third century B.C.E. to the middle ages. Its breadth captures the centuries-long struggle by Indian thinkers to theorize law in a multiethnic and pluralist society. The volume includes new and accessible translations of key texts, notes that explain the significance and chronology of selections, and a comprehensive introduction that summarizes the development of various disciplines in intellectual-historical terms."--Provided by publisher
Upaniṣads by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

32 editions published between 1996 and 2019 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Upanisads are the central scriptures of Hinduism. They represent some of the most important literary products in the history of Indian culture and religion, both because they played a critical role in the development of religious ideas in India and because they are our greatest source for the religious, social, and intellectual history of ancient India. Composed at a time of great social, economic, and religious change, the Upanisads document the transition from the archaic ritualism of the Veda into new religious ideas and institutions. The first major English translation of the ancient Upanisads for over half a century, Olivelle's work incorporates the most recent historical and philological scholarship. The introduction and detailed notes make this edition ideal for the non-specialist as well as for students of Indian religions
Rules and regulations of Brahmanical asceticism : Yatidharmasamuccaya of Yādava Prakāśa by Yādavaprakāśa( )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism is the critical edition and translation of a twelfth-century Sanskrit text written by Yadava Prakasaa, whose life and activities are of historical interest because, according to tradition, he was the teacher of the great Vais'n'ava theologian Ramanuja. This text is the oldest and most comprehensive example of medieval Sanskrit literature devoted to examining the duties of ascetics. Yadava Prakasaa is the only one who explicitly examines the thorny question of whether asceticism is a legitimate way of life for Brahmins. His topics include the people qualified to become ascetics; the rite for becoming an ascetic; the clothes and belongings of an ascetic; techniques of meditation; daily routines such as bathing, divine worship, and begging; proper conduct and etiquette; the manner of wandering; residence during the rains; expiatory penances; and the funeral.In his introduction, Patrick Olivelle examines the place of Yadava's text within the literary and institutional history of Brahman'ical asceticism. He discusses the origins of asceticism in India; its incorporation into the Brahman'ical mainstream; and its variations within Hindu sects, as well as in Buddhist and Jain traditions
Life of the Buddha by Aśvaghoṣa( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Sanskrit and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Buddhist monk Ashva-ghosha composed his elegant biographical and religious poem in the first or second century CE, probably in the city of Ayodhya. Importantly, this is the earliest extent text of the Sanskrit genre of "literature as a fine art" (kavya)." "Fourteen cantos take the reader from the birth of Siddhartha, the future Buddha, to his Awakening when he discovered the truths of Buddhism. The remainder of the composition, lost in the original Sanskrit, is here summarized from its Chinese and Tibetan translations. The most poignant scenes on the young prince's path to Awakening are the three occasions when he is confronted by the realities of human sickness, old age, and death, while at home he is continuously seduced by the transient charms of the women deployed by his father to keep him from the spiritual path." "A creative artist of the highest order, Ashva-ghosha's aim is not pure entertainment but deep instruction. His mission is to present the Buddha's teaching as itself the culmination of the Brahmanical tradition."--Jacket
Between the empires : society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is the result of a conference organised by the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas. Its purpose was to bring together the world's leading Indologists representing a variety of disciplines to discuss and share recent research on a hitherto neglected period of Indian history
The law code of Manu by Manu( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Law 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 which 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."--Jacket
Hindu law : a new history of Dharmaśāstra by Patrick Olivelle( )

12 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through pointed studies of important aspects and topics of dharma in Dharmasastra, this comprehensive collection shows that the history of Hinduism cannot be written without the history of Hindu law. Part one provides a concise overview of the literary genres in which Dharmasastra was written with attention to chronology and historical developments. This study divides the tradition into its two major historical periods -- the origins and formation of the classical texts and the later genres of commentary and digest -- in order to provide a thorough, but manageable overview of the textual bases of the tradition. Part two presents descriptive and historical studies of all the major substantive topics of Dharmasastra."--Publisher's description
King, governance, and law in ancient India : Kauṭilya's Arthaśāstra : a new annotated translation by Kauṭalya( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India presents an English translation of Kautilya's Arthasastra (AS.) along with detailed endnotes. When it was discovered around 1905, the AS. was described as perhaps the most precious work in the whole range of Sanskrit literature, an assessment that still rings true. Patrick Olivelle's new translation of this significant text, the first in close to half a century, takes into account a number of important advances in our knowledge of the texts, inscriptions, and archeological and art historical remains from the period in Indian history to which the AS. belongs. The AS. is what we would today call a scientific treatise. It codifies a body of knowledge handed down in expert traditions and is specifically interested in two things: first, how a king can expand his territory, keep enemies at bay, enhance his external power, and amass riches; second, how a king can best organize his state bureaucracy to consolidate his internal power, to suppress internal enemies, to expand the economy, to enhance his treasury through taxes, duties, and entrepreneurial activities, to keep law and order, and to settle disputes among his subjects. The AS. stands alone: there is nothing like it before and there is nothing like it after
The five discourses on worldly wisdom by Viṣṇuśarman( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is a new Clay Sanskrit Library translation of The Five Discourses on Worldly Wisdom, well known also by its Sanskrit title as the "Pancatantra." The king despairs of his idle sons, so he hires a learned brahmin who promises to make their lessons in statecraft unmissable. The brahmin's lessons are disguised as short stories, featuring animal protagonists." "The Five Discourses on Worldly Wisdom is the book of India's folk wisdom, teaching the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of delightful stories and pithy proverbs. Its positive attitude towards life and its advocacy of ambition, enterprise, and drive counters any preconception of passivity and other-worldliness in ancient Indian society."--Jacket
The Arthaśāstra : selections from the classic Indian work on statecraft by Kauṭalya( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The only extant treatise on statecraft from classical India, the Arthasastra is an invaluable resource for understanding ancient South Asian political thought; it also provides a comprehensive and unparalleled panoramic view of Indian society during the period between the Maurya (320-185 BCE) and Gupta (320-497 CE) empires
Reimagining Aśoka : memory and history( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume explores on the material, social, and ideological aspects of Asoka's reign in light of advances made in archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics. Thematically divided into three parts, the first to pillars and rocks, which bear his inscriptions. The second part examines the interconnectedness of the edicts, their monumentality, and the different concept of kingship they conveyed. The third part analyses the making of the cultural memory of Asoka and raises pertinent questions crucial for understanding the relationship between the past and the present. The essays outline the importance of Asoka not only for the Indian nation-state but also for the entire Buddhist world of South and South-east Asia. Moving away from conventional periodization of Indian history, it raises important questions on the beginning of history and archaeology in the modern period. The book examines the extent to which nineteenth century initiatives have affected the study of Asoka and his reign
 
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Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads : Hindu scriptures on asceticism and renunciationReligion and identity in South Asia and beyond : essays in honor of Patrick OlivelleManu's code of law : a critical edition and translation of the Manava-DharmasastraDharmasūtras : the law codes of Āpastamba, Gautama, Baudhāyana, and VasiṣṭhaPañcatantra : the book of India's folk wisdomLanguage, texts, and society explorations in ancient Indian culture and religionAscetics and Brahmins : studies in ideologies and institutionsThe early Upanisads : annotated text and translation
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Olivelle, J. Patrick

Olivelle, J. Patrick 1942-

Olivelle, Joseph P. 1942-

Olivelle Joseph Patrick

Olivelle, Joseph Patrick 1942-

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