Theory:

There are Five Great Epics in Tamil Literature. These five epics were written between \(1^s\)\(^t\) to \(10^t\)\(^h\) century CE. These epics provide historical information about the society, religions, culture and academic life of Tamil people during that period.

The Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature, also know as  Aimperumkaapiyam (ஐம்பெரும்காப்பியங்கள்) in Tamil are:
 
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1. Silappadikaram (சிலப்பதிகாரம்).
 
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2. Manimekalai (மணிமேகலை).
 
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3. Seevaga Sinthamani (சீவக சிந்தாமணி).
 
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4. Valayapathi (வளையாபதி).
 
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5. Kundalakesi (குண்டலகேசி).
 
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No
Name
Author
Date
1.SilappatikaramIlango Adigal\(5^t\)\(^h\) or  \(6^t\)\(^h\)-century CE
2.
Manimekalai
Sīthalai Sāttanār
After Cilappatikaram, \(6^t\)\(^h\)-century
3.
Cīvaka Cintāmaṇi
Tirutakkatevar
Early \(10^t\)\(^h\)-century
4.
Valayapathi
Unknown Jain ascetic
\(10^t\)\(^h\)-century
5.
Kundalakēci
Natakuptanar
Unknown