Education in Ancient India

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Brill, 2002 - Architecture - 355 pages
This is the first comprehensive survey of all aspects of education in India, both in the oral and written traditions. Chronologically it covers everything from the Vedic period upto the Hindu kingdoms before the establishment of Muslim rule. If relevant, the reader will regularly find sidesteps to modern continuities.
The role of the oral tradition and the techniques of memorization are discussed, the education in small private tutorials and the development of large monasteries and temple schools approaching university character. Professional training, the role of the teacher and of foreign languages are dealt with, and the impact of the peculiar features of Indian education on Indian society.
The full documentation facilitates quick access to the original sources scholarly literature on Indian education. A true reference work.

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Harmut Scharfe, Ph.D. (1956), Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, is Professor of Sanskrit (emeritus) at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published extensively on Sanskrit studies, including his Investigations in Kautalya's Manual of Political Science (1993).