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Ramin Jahanbegloo, Romila Thapar, and Neeladri Bhattacharya

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199474271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199474271.001.0001

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The Historian and the Epic

The Historian and the Epic

Chapter:
(p.236) V The Historian and the Epic
Source:
Talking History
Author(s):

Ramin Jahanbegloo

Romila Thapar

Neeladri Bhattacharya

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199474271.003.0005

The discussion in this section focuses on how a historian, who is a rationalist and follows a chronological sequence of events in history, analyses the assumptions of epic literature where historicity is of little consequence. Thapar explains that it is not necessary to prove that the events described in the epics are historically accurate, but clarifies that the historian can derive an understanding of the kind of societies represented in the epics from careful analyses of the texts. She discusses the two time concepts that prevailed then—the cyclic in the yuga theory and the linear in genealogies and the adoption of eras by rulers. There is also some discussion of the location of exile in epic literatures.

Keywords:   epics, Romila Thapar, time concepts, heroes, exile, historicity

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