The Ocean of Story, Vol. 5 of 10: Being C. H. Tawney's Translation of Katha Sarit Katha (on (or Ocean of Streams of Story) Edited with Introduction, Fresh, Explanatory Notes and Terminal Essay (Classic Reprint) by Somadeva Bhatta Penze (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from The Ocean of Story, Vol. 5 of 10: Being C. H. Tawney's Translation of Katha Sarit Katha (on (or Ocean of Streams of Story) Edited With Introduction, Fresh, Explanatory Notes and Terminal Essay Part of the present volume of the Ocean of Story is occupied by Somadeva's version of the famous collection of Indian stories kwn as the Panchatantra. The history of this work and its offshoots has been dealt with in Appendix I to this volume, and I shall confine myself in this place to supplementing what has there been set forth regarding the so-called Fables of Bidpai, with special reference to the Kalila zca-Dimna of Ibnu 'l-Muqaffa' and its translations and adaptations in modern Persian literature. This Kalila wca-Dimna is claimed to have been translated in the middle of the eighth century from a Pahlavi or Old Persian original, which in its turn had been compiled from one or more Indian works. The legend about this Old Persian compilation has been handed down by a number of early Arabic writers, beginning in the eighth century with the translator Ibnu 'l-Muqaffa4 himself, and has been retold in a famous passage in Firdawsi's Shahndma. The accounts furnished by al-Mas4udi and an-Nadim, both belonging to the tenth century, are well kwn, as is also the passage from the Shahndma. Less well kwn is the following passage in ath-Tha4alibi's History of the Persian Kings,1 which, as far as I am aware, has t been translated into English: - Anushirwan had twenty-five doctors, Greek, Indian and Persian. One of the most famous Persian doctors and the one who devoted the most time to the study of books was a certain Burzoe. Having read in a book that on a certain mountain in India there was a wonderful medicinal plant which had the property of bringing the dead back to life, he was continually revolving this matter in his mind, and determined to search for it and obtain it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.