{r}AmopAKyAna: the story of {r}Ama in the {m}ahABArata

  • US111.
  • The story of {r}Ama is the most popular story in all of India and a masterpiece of world literature. While in its most ancient extant version, it is told in about 25,000 verses in {v}Almiki's large epic poem {r}AmAyaRa, it is summarized in 705 verses in eighteen aDyAyas in the {r}AmopAKyAna in the great epic {m}ahABArata. There it is told to {y}uDizWira who is dejected over the recent abduction of his wife and the exile of his family to the forest. This course reads several chapters of the {r}AmopAKyAna to give intermediate Sanskrit students a firm grounding in the precise understanding of every detail of each verse including sandhi, morphology, and syntax.
  • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
  • Prerequisite: US101–102 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
  • Schedule: 14 September – 18 December 2023.
  • Course meeting times: Monday and Thursday 11:00am-12:00noon U.S. Central Time.
  • Course fee: $1,500.
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  • Course materials:
    Scharf, Peter M. Rāmopākhyāna — the story of Rāma in the Mahābhārata: an independent-study reader in Sanskrit. Revised edition. Providence: The Sanskrit Library, 2023. Volume 1: Introduction and first half, Volume 2: Second half, appendices, and index. Either in Devanagari or in Roman:
    • Volume 1: ISBN: 978-1-943135-08-0
    • volume 2: ISBN: 978-1-943135-09-7

    • Volume 1: ISBN: 978-1-943135-10-3
    • volume 2: ISBN: 978-1-943135-11-0

    Available from the instructor.
Lecture Topic
1 Introduction to the {r}AmopAKyAna and use of the independent-study reader.
2 MBh. 3.257: the context of the story in the {m}ahABArata.
3 The {r}AmopAKyAna.