ABOUT THE BOOK:
This book describes ancient India from the perspectives of Brahmins and Rajputs. It provides information about ancient times when Buddhism was in a powerful state. The chapters bring forth the knowledge of rulers, their clans, the villages, the social grades, the language and literature, and the religion. The book focuses largely on the literature and writing and discusses Pali books and Jataka books as well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thomas William Rhys Davids FBA (1843-1922) was an English scholar of the Pali language and founder of the Pali Text Society. He took an active part in founding the British Academy and London School for Oriental Studies. He then studied for the bar and briefly practised law, though he continued to publish articles about Sri Lankan inscriptions and translations, notably in Max Müller's monumental Sacred Books of the East. From 1882 to 1904 Rhys Davids was Professor of Pali at the University of London, a post which carried no fixed salary other than lecture fees.In 1905 he took up the Chair of Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester. Rhys Davids attempted to promote Theravada Buddhism and Pali scholarship in Britain.