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The Sangam texts mention prominently the ports of

1. Musiri

2. Tondi

3. Korkai

4. Poduke (Arikamedu)

Which of the above statements is/are correct?


1. 2 and 4 only
2. 1 and 3 only
3. 1, 2 and 3 only
4. 2, 3 and 4 only

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : 1 and 3 only
The correct answer is 1 and 3.
  • The Tamils of the Sangam age had trading contacts with the Mediterranean world (Greece and Rome), Egypt, China, Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka.
  • The literary works like Silappadikaram, Manimekalai and Pattinappalai frequently refer to the contact with the Greek and Roman traders.
  • This period marked the height of the Indo-Roman trade.

  • The Sangam texts mention prominently only the ports of Musiri, Puhar (Kaveripattinam) and Korkai, the three great ports of the three great rulers of the times.
  • However, the Periplus (foreign accounts) refers to the ports of Tondi, Musiri and Comari (Cape Comorin / Kanyakumari), Colchi (Korkai), Poduke (Arikamedu) and Sopatma.

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