Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Ratnavali, in being written by an emperor and by borrowing the plot of Bhasa’s The Dream of Vasavadatta (which predates Ratnavali by hundreds of years), provides both a comparison of time periods several hundreds of years apart and a glance at the perspective of a ruler during one specific time and culture. --David Merriman, India's Ratnavali as a Historical Source: Remembering Context and Purpose when Evaluating an Ancient Work, Associated Content, June 2, 2006

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