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Ramopakhyana - The Story of Rama in the Mahabharata: A Sanskrit Independent-Study Reader: The Story of Rama in the Mahabharata - A Sanskrit Independant-study Reader [Paperback]

Peter Scharf
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5 Sep 2002 0700713913 978-0700713912 Annotated Ed
The most popular story in all of India and a classic of world literature is summarised in 728 verses in the great epic Mahabharata. Intended for independent study or classroom use for students of various levels who have had a basic introduction to Sanskrit, this fully annotated edition of the Ramopakhyana supplies all the information required for complete comprehension. It contains the Devanagari text, Roman transliteration, sandhi analysis, Sanskrit prose equivalents to the verses, syntactic and cultural notes, and the English translation, and word-by-word grammatical analysis.

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Annotated Ed edition (5 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700713913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700713912
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.9 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Language Learner's Dream 21 July 2006
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Sanskrit is a rather difficult language to learn and any help that the beginner gets will be useful. This book is very good, in fact I'd go so far as to say that it's ideal - everything that the learner needs is on the page, so there's no need for you to be thumbing through dictionaries or slaving over grammars. You can make rapid progress through it and at a rate of ten or so verses a day, you'll be finished it in a couple of months. I wish all foreign language reading books were as good as this. If you're thinking of learning the lingo, get The Sanskrit Language by WH Maurer first, as you can't go wrong with this one either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Book 26 July 2009
By jiblet
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I've been teaching myself Sanskrit for the past 3 years. I began with Michael Coulson's "Teach Yourself Sanskrit", but failed to get past chapter 3; an introductory book for the beginner non-linguist it isn't! Instead, I found Thomas Egenes' "Introduction to Sanskrit" to be a clear, straightforward exposition of the basics, with appropriate exercises and user-friendly appendices. Having then worked my way through W.H.Maurer's excellent "The Sanskrit Language" (fortunately now available in paperback), I was looking to take the next step - into 'real' Sanskrit. I wanted to read an original text without having to dive in and out of dictionaries, grammars or appendices at every other word.

Here is the Sanskrit text of the story of Rama as told in the Mahabharata, with translation, transliteration (with and without sandhi) and word by word grammatical analysis; everything the lone student needs to take each verse and translate it for him/herself is found on the same page. There are also Sanskrit prose paraphrases of each verse - an excellent aid to unlocking the meaning of each verse and to developing familiarity with the various forms of substantives, verbs and syntax. The book includes a thorough seventy page introduction, a glossary of proper names, a complete word index and an extensive bibliography.

Although the complete work can be found online by registering for Peter Scharf's "Sanskrit Library" site, if you prefer a hard copy to accessing material via the net, and want to consolidate your Sanskrit studies with an authoritative, enjoyable, beautifully produced book - order now. (There are a few misprints in this first edition; you'll find corrections in progress on the site.)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 1 Nov 2009
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God how I wanted this during my second year of Sanskrit studies. When I finally bought it online, I immediately followed its advices on self-study language aquisation which are as ingenious and effective as for example expensive Oxford [...] courses. I later took the book on my travels to France and China. The story hasn't gotten old or anything. I had to abandon it in Shanghai, but spotted it a year later on Peking University's library shelfs. I may end up buying the damned thing again just to ooh and aah and dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramopakhyana - A Ram-Sita saga from the Mahabharata. 23 July 2003
By Noshir M. Khambatta - Published on Amazon.com
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Readers, scholars and admirers of the Indic epic "Ramayana" and students and scholars of the Sanskrit language must offer profuse thanks to Prof. Peter Scharf, for putting before us a "Labour of Love" in his publication : Ramopakhyana, the Story of Rama in the Mahabharata. The work comprises chapters 258 to 275 of the Aranyaka Parvan of the Indic epic "Mahabharata". But apart from the Ram saga, the book serves as an independent-study resource for students who have completed a basic survey of Sanskrit grammar. Following in the linguistic traditions set forth in the bench mark publication of Sargeant Winthrop's, The Bhagavad Gita, Dr. Scharf provides a liguistic apparatus that
will delight and amaze even the most astute of Sanskrit scholars.
The Devanagari and Roman fonts and the layout of other materials is simply superb on each page. The press of RoutledgeCurzon must be congratulated for bringing forth such a finely edited text. Needless to add such a massive work must include some typographical errors, notably an outstanding one on page 71, but the typographical errors may actually serve to sharpen the astute thinking of students and readers alike. I have no doubts this work will serve as a standard reference source for many years and I hope and pray that other Indic and Sanskrit scholars will emulate this work, to provide in a similar format the entire translations of the the four Vedas, the Mahabharata and the 18 Mahapurans.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for intermediate Sanskrit 10 Jun 2003
By Miles Beckwith - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is best suited for someone who has at least some Sanskrit, but for the student who has the basics, but is weak on vocabulary, this is an excellent text. The layout is similar to Sargeant's edition of the Bhagavad-Gita, but S gives a more complete syntactic overview and each verse has a prose retelling (in devanagari only), which is quite good for the intermediate student to practice vocabulary, grammar, and reading.
With over 700 verses, this is an extensive text. There are some typos, but they should not trouble the average student.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all levels and uses: "This is you book!" 24 Mar 2008
By J. Bogaarts - Published on Amazon.com
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In addition to the other reviewers I would like to say something about the general set up of the book.

The core of the book is the text of the Ramopakhyana (the story of Rama as it appears in the Mahabharata). There is one page (sometimes two) for each verse. Apart from a high quality Devanagari text of each verse you get:

- A transcription of the Sanskrit text in the Latin alphabet.
- The resolution of the sandhi used, with an interlinear annotation giving the exact grammatical classification of the word in question (for instance: "third person, dual. active, perfect" in case of a verb).
- A glossary, containing all the words that appear in the verse, including the complete derivation (compounds, nominal derivates etc.).
- A Sanskrit prose paraphrase.
- Grammatical, textual, contextual and other notes.
- An English translation.

It would seem that you need to be a Sanskrit scholar to be able to appreciate the book, nothing is less true. If you are only able to decipher Sanskrit from a text presented in a Latin transcription, maybe using some grammar and/or dictionary and want to go ahead "doing something", this is your book. If you want to practice reading Devanagari, this is your book. If you want to practice resolving sandhi, this is your book. If you ... , well, there is a chapter in this book called "Suggestions for Use", anyway, this is your book!

Apart from the text there is an extensive Introduction covering all kind of aspects connected to the text.

The Devanagari text contains some typos. The most obvious one is on page 71, the title page of the text part. The "o" has changed into an "a", resulting in "ramapakhyana" instead of "ramopakhyana". As up to now, this is the only typo I found I don't expect the text to be overloaded with them. Because there is also a latin transcription and a resolution of the sandhi, typos will not be difficult to detect and resolve.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a monumental service to humanity 11 Mar 2006
By Recep Sami Ciner - Published on Amazon.com
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Scharf's fully annotated edition of the storey of Rama is just mind-blowing and endearing work.He seems he has not spared anything.He gives you Sanskrit script and then with transliteration and the tanslation and lengty explanations.

After finishing this book I will continue with Bhagavad Gita published by Suny Series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramopakhyana-The Story of Rama in the Mahabharata 9 July 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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The best I ever met in my studying sanskrit. Perfect glossary and gramatical analysis. In addition, digital audio recording of the text is available in the Sanskrit Library at sanskritlibrary.org of Brown University.
Thanks for Peter Scharf's excellent job.
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