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Olivelle, Patrick

Works: 75 works in 455 publications in 3 languages and 17,272 library holdings
Genres: History  Poetry  Biographical poetry  Religious poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Sacred books  Sacred works  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Honoree, Creator
Classifications: BL1124.52, 294.59218
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Most widely held works by Patrick Olivelle
Upaniṣads by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

28 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 684 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
Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads : Hindu scriptures on asceticism and renunciation by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first readable and accurate translation of twenty of the most authoritative Hindu documents pertaining to ascetic ideals and the ascetic way of life, this text opens to students a major source for the study of the Hindu ascetical institution and of the historical changes they underwent during a period of a thousand years or more
Pañcatantra : the book of India's folk wisdom by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 346 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
Life of the Buddha by Aśvaghoṣa( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Sanskrit and held by 301 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
The early Upanisads : annotated text and translation by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Sanskrit and held by 290 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
The law code of Manu by Manu( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The five discourses on worldly wisdom by Viṣṇuśarman( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and Sanskrit and held by 206 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
Rules and regulations of Brahmanical asceticism : Yatidharmasamuccaya of Yādava Prakāśa by Yādavaprakāśa( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Sanskrit and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between the empires : society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King, governance, and law in ancient India : Kauṭilya's Arthaśāstra : a new annotated translation by Kauṭalya( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 145 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 law code of Viṣṇu : a critical edition and annotated translation of the Vaiṣṇava-Dharmaśāstra( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Law Code of Visnu (Vaisnava-Dharmasastra) is one of the latest of the ancient Indian legal texts composed around the seventh century CE in Kashmir. Both because the Vaishnava-Dharmasastra is the only Dharmasastra that can be geographically located and because it introduces some interesting and new elements into the discussion of Dharmasastric topics, this is a document of interest both to scholars of Indian legal literature and to cultural historians of India, especially of Kashmir. The new elements include the first Dharmasastric evidence for a wife burning herself at her husband's cremation and the intrusion of devotional religion (bhakti) into Dharmasastras. This volume contains a critical edition of the Sanskrit text based on fifteen manuscripts, an annotated English translation, and an introduction evaluating its textual history, its connections to previous Dharmasastras, its date and provenance, its structure and content, and the use made of it by later medieval writers."--Publisher's website
Language, texts, and society explorations in ancient Indian culture and religion by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 129 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
Religion and identity in South Asia and beyond : essays in honor of Patrick Olivelle by Steven E Lindquist( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 122 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
A dharma reader : classical Indian law by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 119 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
Ascetics and Brahmins : studies in ideologies and institutions by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 103 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."--Publisher's website
The Arthaśāstra : selections from the classic Indian work on statecraft by Kauṭalya( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 99 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
The Dharmasutras : the law codes of ancient India by Patrick Olivelle( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dharmasutras are the four surviving works of the ancient Indian expert tradition on the subject of dharma, or the rules of behaviour a community recognizes as binding on its members. Written in a pithy and aphoristic style and representing the culmination of a long tradition of scholarship, the Dharmasutras record intense disputes and divergent views on such subjects as the education of the young and their rites of passage, ritual procedures and religious ceremonies, marriage and marital rights and obligations, dietary restrictions, the right professions for and the proper interaction betw
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Alternative Names
Olivelle, J. Patrick

Olivelle, J. Patrick 1942-

Olivelle, Joseph P. 1942-

Olivelle Joseph Patrick

Olivelle, Joseph Patrick 1942-

पैट्रिक ओलिवेल

Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads : Hindu scriptures on asceticism and renunciationPañcatantra : the book of India's folk wisdomLife of the BuddhaThe early Upanisads : annotated text and translationThe law code of ManuThe five discourses on worldly wisdomRules and regulations of Brahmanical asceticism : Yatidharmasamuccaya of Yādava PrakāśaBetween the empires : society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE