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Madurai has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century BCE.[15] Megasthenesmay have visited Madurai during the 3rd century BCE, with the city referred as "Methora" in his accounts.[8] The view is contested by some scholars who believe "Methora" refers to the north Indian city of Mathura, as it was a large and established city in the Mauryan Empire.[16] The city is also mentioned in Kautilya's (370–283 BCE)[17] Arthashastra.[8] Sangam literature like Maturaikkāñci records the importance of Madurai as a capital city to the Pandyan dynasty.[18] Madurai is mentioned in the works of Roman historians Pliny the Younger (61 – c. 112 CE),Ptolemy (c. 90 – c. CE 168), those of the Greek geographer Strabo(64/63 BCE – c. 24 CE),[19] and also in Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.

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Madurai is the administrative headquarters of Madurai District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu.

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