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Chapter 6 - The History of the Arthaśāstra

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 June 2019

Mark McClish
Affiliation:
Northwestern University, Illinois
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The stages of development identified in the text-critical chapters of this study are then put into chronological relationship with other texts of the period. This chapter presents an argument that the Arthaśāstra, which was probably originally called the Daṇḍanīti, was composed around the first century BCE and redacted by Kauṭilya around the third century CE. This allows us to trace the development of certain political concepts in the text, which is undertaken in the final three chapters.

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The History of the Arthasastra
Sovereignty and Sacred Law in Ancient India
, pp. 140 - 154
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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