Patrick Olivelle is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research focuses on the ancient Indian legal tradition of Dharma??stra. He has edited and translated the four early Dharmas?tras. He has also prepared a critical edition of the Law Code of Manu (M?nava Dharma??stra). A new translation based on the critically edited text was published in Spring 2004 in the Oxford World’s Classics series and the critical edition was published in 2005. In the mid-1990’s Olivelle worked on the late Vedic literature, producing an award-winning translation of the early Upanisads, as well as a scholar’s edition of them. His early work was focused on the ascetic and monastic traditions of India. He published several editions, translations, and studies of ascetic texts and institutions. His award-winning book on the ??rama system was published in 1993.