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Chapter 3 - The Resegmentation of the Arthaśāstra

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 June 2019

Mark McClish
Affiliation:
Northwestern University, Illinois
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This chapter begins the text-critical study at the heart of the book. It analyzes the relationship between two different and redundant types of text-segments in the extant text, chapters (ādhyāyas) and topics (prakaraṇas). The chapters are shown to have been added at a later time. So, too, the verses that conclude each of these chapters in the extant text are shown to have been added along with the chapter segments. This chapter goes on to argue that all, or nearly all, of the verses in the text are later additions. Other additions made at the end of certain chapters are identified.

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The History of the Arthasastra
Sovereignty and Sacred Law in Ancient India
, pp. 52 - 82
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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