Legends of Aśoka and Kunāla. Spreading from India to China and the Hellenistic world

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2010 - 2020 (stopped)
Department of Languages and Cultures
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My doctoral project deals with the legend of Aśoka, with special emphasis on Kunāla. Since the versions of this legend in different languages have hitherto only been  studied individually and partially, a comprehensive research on all versions is called for. My principle goal  is to study the historical memories on Aśoka and Kunāla in Indian, Chinese, Greek, and Central Asian literature. I will compare the Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Khotanese, Tocharian, as well as Greek sources in order to investigate the issue of how Aśoka and Kunāla were adapted in Central and East Asia as well as the Hellenistic world.



Phd Student(s)