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Journal of Indian Philosophy

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 327–340 | Cite as

The Sincerest Form of Flattery: On Imitations of Aśvaghoṣa’s Mahākāvyas

  • Richard SalomonEmail author
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Abstract

Imitations of the works of Aśvaghoṣa, especially the Buddhacarita, are widely attested, both in the form of extra verses interpolated into the texts themselves and of entire texts in Sanskrit and Tocharian (preserved only in fragmentary form) which are restructured versions of Aśvaghoṣa’s work. Such imitations and restructurings are here evaluated from the point of view of Sanskrit literary theorists, who describe similar techniques of refashioning pre-existing poems, showing that such works should not be considered as plagiarism but rather as tributes to the original author.

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Aśvaghoṣa Buddhacarita Kṣemendra Rājaśekhara Saundarananda 

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  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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