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The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume I:
Edited by Robert P. Goldman

Paperback | 1990 | $67.50 | ($40.50) | £50.95 | ISBN: 9780691014852
456 pp. | 6 x 9
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Famous Ramayana epic now in modern English

Robert Goldman sings from the Ramayana

This is the first of seven volumes of a translation of the Valmiki Ramayana, the great Sanskrit epic of the life of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Visnu. This renowned work of ancient India has profoundly affected the literature, art, religions, and cultures of countless millions of people in South and Southeast Asiaan influence that is perhaps unparalleled in the history of world literature. Balakanda, the opening portion of this first translation to be based on the critical edition (Oriental Institute, Baroda), is presented here in a compact volume without the section of notes that appears in the hardcover book.


"Goldman has chosen a translation style that is simple, direct, and very close to the text, without being prosaic. He has avoided the twin pitfalls of preciousness and pedantry. The Ramayana, as he reminds us, is a poem in a sense we have almost lost touch with: intended to be heard, easily understood, chanted in a loose and repetitive meter that permits the lapidary phrase."--Edwin Gerow, Journal of Asian Studies

Table of Contents:

List of Abbreviations ix
Preface xiii
Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation xix
1. General Introduction 3
2. History and Historicity 14
3. Introduction to the Balakanda 60
4. The Ramayana Text and the Critical Edition by Sheldon I. Pollock 82
5. Translating the Ramayana by Leonard E. Nathan 94
6. The Translation and Annotation 96
Glossary of Important Proper Nouns and Epithets 271
Bibliography of Works Consulted 277
Index 291

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