Darwin-L Message Log 4:55 (December 1993)

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<4:55>From peter@usenix.org  Wed Dec 15 07:50:32 1993

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 93 05:53:42 PST
From: peter@usenix.org (Peter H. Salus)
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Precursors

Sir William Jones was justice in the High Court of Bengal [Calcutta]
for the last decade of his life.  He is clad in a toga to denote his
judicial status.  He clasps in his hand a copy of his last work,
the translation of the Statutes of Manu.  Jones played a vital role
in bringing the culture of India and the East to Europe.  While
linguists think of the Ninth Anniversary Discourse as important,
his translations of Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic literary and
legal works had profound influence on such diverse folk as Goethe,
Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shelley, Emerson, and FitzGerald.

OUP has recently published a one-volume anthology of Jones'
work, ed. by SS Pachori of the U. of North Florida.  (Sir William
Jones: A Reader)


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