Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi

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Kosambi, Damodar Dharmanand


Born July 31, 1907, near Goa; died 1966 in Bombay. Indian philologist and historian.

Kosambi was a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Bombay. In philology, he was one of the most prominent Sanskrit literature textologists; in history, he specialized in ancient Indian culture and social relationships. Kosambi’s works evince his attempts to apply the Marxist method to his interpretation of the history of India.


An Introduction to the Study of Indian History. Bombay, 1956.
Myth and Reality. Bombay, 1962.
In Russian translation:
Kul’tura i tsivilizatsiia drevnei Indii. Moscow, 1968.
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