Satakas, viz., the Sringarasataka, the Nitisataka and the Vairagy-asataka.
The Amarusataka is also a very popular lyric poem written by Amaru, verses
from which have been frequently quoted in contemporary and later works on
Sanskrit poetics.
    The advocates of the theory of renaissance of Sanskrit literature sought to
prove that Brahmanic culture passed through its dark age at the time when
India was continuously facing foreign invasions; and that the earliest revival
of this culture is to be found in the so-called golden age of the Guptas. Recent
research has, however, rejected both the theory of renaissance and the
concept of golden age. Inscriptions of the early centuries of the Christian era
unmistakably show that the study and development of Sanskrit Kavya was
never hampered. For example, the Girnar inscription of Rudradaman (AD
150) is written in prose of the full-fledged Kavya style, in conformity with
the rules of grammar.
Court Epics
Asvaghosha, the most outstanding Buddhist writer in Sanskrit, adorned the
court of Kanishka. He wrote, apart from the Buddhacharita, another epic
named Saundarananda. After Asvaghosha, the most celebrated Indian poet is
Kalidasa. His Kumarasambhava is an epic in seventeen cantos, of which only
the first eight are believed to be genuine. Its theme is the marriage of Lord
Siva and Uma and the birth of Karttikeya. The Raghuvamsha, another epic of
Kalidasa, has nineteen cantos based on the history of kings of the Ikshvakus.
                                    DRAMA
  The roots of Sanskrit drama can undeniably be traced back to Bharata’s
  Natya Sastra, the earliest known book on Sanskrit dramaturgy. But the
  most outstanding early Sanskrit dramatist is Bhasa, whose thirteen dramas
  have now been discovered. Though scholars widely differ on the
  authenticity and authorship of the plays ascribed to him, Bhasa is
  mentioned by Kalidasa, Bana, Rajasekhara and other later writers, with
  great respect. His plays are taken from the two great epics and various
  popular tales. The plays based on the Ramayana are Pratima and