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Source: Journal of the Madras University, vol.28 (history)

Augustus or “Caesar Augustus” is the name of an ancient Roman statesman and military leader.—Mr. R. Sewell who has made a careful study of these coin finds posits a close trading connection between the two countries [viz., ancient Rome and ancient India] in the first three centuries of our era. We have evidences of Indian embassies sent to Caesar Augustus during the period which he is said to have received, according to Roman records, at Terragona (in Spain) in one case and the island of Cyprus in another. The Tamil-Roman connection seems to have lasted throughout the period of the age of poetry in South India which may be therefore very fittingly described as the Augustan age of Tamil literature. This was the period of the Sangam as it is generally understood in South India.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Trade: A Survey

Augustus (63 BCE – 14 CE) of the Roman Empire mentioned trading with ancient India.—The findings of thousands of gold, silver and copper Roman coins in India, mostly in the South, bear testimony to this intense trade. Many coins depict the Roman emperor Augustus (63 BCE – 14 CE); he himself wrote, “Indian kings often sent me embassies, as no other Roman head had received so far.” It is generally assumed that those embassies from India were partly composed of merchants.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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