For more than 2,000 years, several volumes of classical South Asian texts remained locked away in languages that have either died, have a dwindling number of speakers or no one bothered to translate these stories for a global audience.
Now, Harvard University Press has partnered with the Murty Classical Library of India to launch a series of Indic literature that its editors believe will grow to rival the Loeb Classical Library of ancient Greek and Latin texts.
The Murty Library contains stories and poems in 14 languages, including Sanskrit, Pali, Tamil and more, and nine different scripts written as early as the third century B.C. and through to the 18th century. Each tale is presented with the original language printed alongside the English translation.