Wesleyan portrait of Richard Holt Davis

Richard Holt Davis

CPE Instructor


PHD University of Chicago

Richard Holt Davis

Richard H. Davis is Professor in the Religion and Asian Studies Programs at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.  Formerly he taught as assistant and associate professor at Yale University.  His most recent book publication is The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2014).  He is author of four other books: Ritual in an Oscillating Universe: Worshiping Siva in Medieval India (Princeton, 1991), Lives of Indian Images (Princeton, 1997), Global India, circa 100 CE: South Asia in Early World History (AAS, 2010), and A Priest's Guide for the Great Festival (Oxford, 2010).  He has edited two volumes, and also wrote the text for a catalog of Indian religious prints, Gods in Print: Masterpieces of India’s Mythological Art (Mandala, 2012).  Currently he is continuing work on the reception history of the Bhagavad Gita, and on a history of religions in early South Asia.

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Spring 2023
RELI 213O - 01
Hinduism in the Epics