Sangam Age in TamilNadu (300 B.C. To A.D. 300)

There existed the Chera, the Chola and the Pandya Kingdoms in ancient TamilNadu. The rulers of these Kingdoms were great patrons of art and literature. They developed the Tamil language and literature through an assembly of poets or Sangams.

Sources

The Sangam literary works constitute main source of information for the history of ancient Tamilnadu. A large number of Tamil poets composed during this period are highly helpful. The Sangam poems are divided into three main groups. They are the Pathu Pattu (Ten Idylls), the Ettuthogai (Eight Anthologies) and the Pandinenkilkanakku (Eighteen Minor works).

Towards the end of the Sangam period the two epics (twin epics), Silappadikaram and Manimekalai was written by Kulavanigan Seettalai Sattanar.

Archaeological excavations, old coins and inscriptions also tell us about the life and culture of the people in the Sangam Age.

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