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The Early Cholas: History, Art and Culture

S. Swaminathan (Author)
Synopsis The period of early Cholas (850 A.D. 970 A.D.) forms an important epoch in the history of Tamilnadu. Starting from a scratch the early Chola rulers exerted to establish a vast empire by their conquests. Rulers like Vijayalaya I, Aditya I and Parantaka I were great warriors who built the Chola empire inch by inch. Vijayalaya conquered Tanjavur, Aditya I annexed Tondaimandalam and Parantaka I occupied Madurai. During the region of Parantaka I his empire extended up to Nellore iin the north to Kanyakumari in the south. Though the Takkolam battle put a poke into the expansion of the Cholas, it did not exhaust the vitalilty of the Chola empire. The Cholas recovered remarkably from the disaster and emerged like a phoenix and rebuilt the empire quickly. The early Cholas are best remembered for their signal contribution in the sphere of local administration. The rules relating to the mode of local administration best averred in the celebrated Uttaramerur inscriptions were conceived during the reign of Parantaka Chola I. The early Cholas also left their imprints on art, architecture and sculpture.
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About the author

S. Swaminathan

Born in 1953, Dr. S. Swaminathan took his Master Degrees in First Class in History and Tamil literature from the University of Madras. He joined the Epigraphy wing of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1980. Siince then he is working in Dravidian Epigraphy. In 1989 he was awarded Ph.D. degree by the University of Mysore, Mysore, for his thesis entitled “Chola Parantaka I and his times which substantially and his times which substantially represents the present book. Besides this he has published nearly seventy articles in various journals and volumes. He also serves as an editor of the Journal of the Place-Name Society of India and Assistant Secretary of the Epigraphical Society of India.

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Title The Early Cholas: History, Art and Culture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185616493
length 240p., B/w Plates; Maps; References; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.