Instructions for Kings: Secular and Clerical Images of Kingship in Early Ireland and Ancient India

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Early Irish and Indian sources afford analogous depictions of the ideal ruler and of ideal governance, based not only on the cosmos, social order and justice, topics universally connected with kingship, but also on moral themes. The way the semantics, syntax and subject matter of the Hibern-Latin and vernacular Irish wisdom-texts, as well as of the canonical Buddhist sutras in Pali and the royal inscriptions of Ashoka was adjusted is scrutinised, the ethical dimension, epitomised in the dichotomy justice-righteousness, being seen as a watershed between the old and the new visions of power
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherUniversitätsverlag Winter
Number of pages580
ISBN (Print)978-3-8253-6247-8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2013


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