[INDOLOGY] A new Sanskrit Reader

Olivelle, J P jpo at austin.utexas.edu
Mon Jun 12 17:24:00 EDT 2017

I second Rosane’s suggestion. Learning to read the commentarial style is essential, given that much of medieval texts are commentarial, even when they are not formal commentaries.


On Jun 12, 2017, at 4:47 PM, rrocher via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:

Dear Dr. Ruppel,

Congratulations on your contract, and thanks for undertaking such a useful project.  I am retired from teaching, but I applaud this project nonetheless.

My principal suggestion is to include, perhaps toward the end of the reader, samples of commentarial literature.  Vyākaraṇa and dharmaśāstra are good fishing ponds for such texts, but the field matters less than providing the learner with samples of commentarial style.

With all best wishes,
Rosane Rocher

On 6/12/17 4:03 PM, Antonia Ruppel via INDOLOGY wrote:
Dear all,

I just received a contract to write a new intermediate Sanskrit Reader -- a 21st-century Lanman, if you will. Its aims will be to help students apply and practice their grammar knowledge, increase their vocabulary and their reading stamina, and give them a taste of a broader variety of Sanskrit textual genres.

Each text extract will be up to about ten pages long and come with an introduction, as well as grammar and vocabulary notes on every page. Several members of this list have already very kindly made excellent suggestions for texts or text excerpts that they would like to see included in the Reader; but given the wonderful breadth and enormous collective experience of this list, I would like to ask all of you: are there any texts or even specific passages that you have always wished existed in a format suited for presentation to intermediate students?

The more broadly useful the Reader might prove to the members of our field who are involved in Sanskrit instruction, the better; so if you have any suggestions or ideas, I would love to hear them. I am of course very happy to give credit to anyone who shares their thoughts with me.

If you have any questions about how I am intending to structure the Reader, what I am so far planning to include etc, please don't hesitate to ask.

All the best,

A n t o n i a  R u p p e l
The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit
Out Now: www.cambridge-sanskrit.org<http://www.cambridge-sanskrit.org/>

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