In search of Muziris

@article{Gurukkal2001InSO,
  title={In search of Muziris},
  author={Rajan Gurukkal and Dick Whittaker},
  journal={Journal of Roman Archaeology},
  year={2001},
  volume={14},
  pages={334 - 350}
}
The importance of Muziris in Roman trade with India does not need any underlining. The port on the Malabar coast of modern Kerala figures prominently in the descriptions of classical geographers, it receives mention in the earliest Tamil poems, and it has come into the news more recently through the publication of a Greek papyrus from Egypt. It is also clear from the amount of Roman silver and gold coin found in S India — which gives some substance to Roman estimates of money haemorrhaging out… 

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