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  MaharshiValmiki -the author of the great Indian epic  Ramayana   , -was a Hindu sage who lived around the beginning of the first millennium B.C.  Background and History  O The Ramayana is one of the longest epic poems in Hinduism, with more than 24,000 verses. O Although its precise srcins are unclear, the poet Valmikiis generally credited with writing the Ramayana in the 5th century B.C. O .  Background and History  O InHindutradition, it is considered to be the  adi-kavya (first poem). O It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king. O  Ramayana was an important influence on laterSanskritpoetry and Hindu life and culture. Like  Mahabharata ,  Ramayana is not just a story: it presents the teachings of ancient Hindu sages in narrativeallegory, interspersing philosophical and ethical elements.
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