Webpages of Tamil Electronic Library © K. Kalyanasundaram |
A Chronological Listing of Tamil Literature
Tamil literature history spans over two thousand years. During this period
great number of anthologies, epics and works according to every known form
of Tamil literary genre have been written. While good number of them have been
published as books, large number still remain unpublished at the palm leaf
manuscript level. |
In this and following webpages, an attempt is made to present a chronological listing of the tamil authors and their literary works. Though we have tried to collect here all significant/classical tamil works from authentic works on the History of Tamil Literture, the list is by no means comprehensive.
Any help towards completing/correcting this table will be highly appreciated.
The goal of this listing is to provide a quick reference list of "who wrote what and approximately when". Assignment of a "date" to a very ancient tamil literary work is by no means a trivial task even for Tamil scholars. Arguments about specific assignments are very common. So the dates given below must be taken purely as indicative!!!
In his book "The Smile of Murugan", Prof. Kamil Zvelebil has provided an authoritative listing of the most ancient Tamil texts - Sangam Period (a description widely accepted by Tamil Scholars). For an extract of this listing, click here.
Works of 2nd C. AD
Works of 4th C. AD
Works of 5th C. AD
Works of 6th C. AD
Works of 7th C. AD
Works of 8th C. AD
Works of 9th C. AD
Works of 10th C. AD
Works of 11th C. AD
Works of 12th C. AD
Works of 13th C. AD
Works of 14th C. AD
Works of 15th C. AD
16th C. AD
Works of 17th C. AD