Trade in Medieval Sanskrit Literature

Klaus Karttunen klaus.karttunen at HELSINKI.FI
Mon Oct 25 11:56:54 UTC 2010

especially Kathasaritsagara is important, but also Buddhist narratives (Jataka, Divyavadana) are interesting in this respect and some Jaina texts, too, I think.

Klaus Karttunen
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On Oct 25, 2010, at 2:41 PM, Patrick Olivelle wrote:

> Friends:
> A colleague without access to Indology and working on trade in India 600 CE onward asks whether there is any Sanskrit textual material that would be useful to her. I think there is some material in the Katha literature -- Pancatantra, Kathasaritsagara, Hitopadesa etc. She also wants to know whether there is any secondary literature dealing with this aspect of the Katha literature. Any help would be deeply appreciated. Thanks.
> Patrick

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