by ultadin | 10/01/2016 12:20 pm
Q. BHARAT …..WAS IT KNOWN TO THE ANCIENT WORLD?
A. BHARAT WAS ANCIENT WORLD’S MOST PREFERRED DESTINATION FOR EDUCATION , BUSINESS AND CULTURE !!!
AUGUSTUS COIN ~ PUDUKOTTAI HOARD … ANCIENT INDIA ..
Large numbers of Roman coins have been discovered on the Malabar coast (e.g. from Eyyal between Cranganore and Palayur, and from Kottayam in North Kerala). Few years back more than a thousand Roman gold coins were found buried in Parur, also not very distant from Cranganore where St. Thomas the Apostle is believed to have come at the beginning of the second half of the first century A.D. Majority of these coins belong to a period of some 80 years from Augustus to Nero (B.C. 27 to A.D. 68).
Muziris (Kodungallur) and Nelcyndis or Nelkanda (near Kollam) in South India, are mentioned as flourishing ports, in the writings of Pliny (23-79 AD). Pliny has given an accurate description of the route to India, the country of Cerebothra (the Cheras). Pliny has referred to the flourishing trade in spices, pearls, diamonds and silk between Rome and Southern India in the early centuries of the Christian era. Though the Cheras controlled Kodungallur port, Southern India belonged to the Pandyan Kingdom, that had sent embassies to the court of Augustus Caesar.
Sufficient archeological evidences have been discovered during the excavations in these ancient ports. Hoards of ancient Roman coins are being discovered through out Malabar coast in the last few centuries. A sharp cut acroos the face of Roman Emperor indicate that his sovereignty was not recognized but the coins were most welcome and accepted and exchanged in the soil with its own intrinsic value.
By Rayvi Kumar
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