Religious Studies | Studies in Religion: Ancient and Classical Literature of India
R300 | 24963 | Manring
Course taught 2nd 8 wks only.
Above course carries Arts and Humanities distribution
For Spring '08 semester ONLY--the above topic carries Culture
Above course and materials taught in English.
What is our duty as human beings? In this course we will explore
how ancient Indian intellectuals answered this question, in a
variety of contexts. We will consider the role of the natural world
as well as the role of social expectations in one's effort to
determine the right course of action in any situation. We will
begin with a detailed look at the Rig Veda, the oldest extant
literature in any Indo-European language. Students will read and
discuss in detail two Indian epics, one from the Sanskrit tradition
of north India, and one from the Tamil tradition of the south. And
finally we will read a play by Kalidasa whose work represents the
pinnacle of Sanskrit literature.