Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Loeb Takes on Classic Indian Literature

Game changer: Loeb Classical Library is publishing Loeb editions of classics from Indian literature.
Among the initial titles is an edition of the Therigatha--poems by early Buddhist nuns, which is part of the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Pali Canon.

These new critical editions and translations of the Indian canon are a big deal for scholars (at least). A lot of these texts lack widely accessible or recent critical editions and translations. Also, as explained in the New York Times article linked to above, this series will bring attention to the diverse nature of traditional Indian literature, which was not exclusively Hindu, despite the rhetoric of many contemporary Hindu nationalists.
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