Nīlakantha's instruments of war:Modern, vernacular, barbarous

  title={Nīlakantha's instruments of war:Modern, vernacular, barbarous},
  author={Christopher Z. Minkowski},
  journal={The Indian Economic and Social History Review},
  pages={365 - 385}
  • C. Minkowski
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • History
  • The Indian Economic and Social History Review
The seventeenth century Benares-based intellectual, NīlakanÚha Caturdhara, wrote what is still the most widely used Sanskrit commentary on the Mahābhārata. In the commentary Nīlakantha sometimes explains the epicÌs instruments of war in contemporary terms—as cannons and muskets, for example. He also uses terms from vernacular, even ÎbarbarousÌ, languages in his glosses. Rather than ÎtypicalÌ of ÎtraditionalÌ Sanskrit commentators, such interpretations by Nīlakantha should be understood as self… 

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