chapter  6
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Conclusions : Towards an old approach to philology

If we return for a moment to my opening conceit, of the Mahābhārata as an old building, then we have certainly explored its great halls and some of its less visited corners. We have even considered its ground plan and what this tells us about its authors and their cultural infl uences. I hope, most of all, that I have convinced you, if you were not already convinced, that the Mahābhārata, for its cultural richness, its scale of achievement, its intimacy, its cosmic ambition, its sheer humanity, is a place that you would wish to visit again and again.